Manhunt Begins for Palestinian Gunman Who Killed Two Israelis

Minnie Murray
October 9, 2018

A Palestinian gunman has shot dead two Israelis and wounded a third in an industrial park next to a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank, the Israeli military has said.

The businesses operated at the Barkan Industrial Park employ a total of around 7,000 workers, half of them Israeli Jews and the other half Palestinian Arabs.

Laborer Mohamed Hassan, for his part, said workers were now forced to wait "for hours" - even though they had work permits - until being allowed to enter their places of employment on the settlement.

The Israeli army frequently carries out wide-ranging arrest campaigns across the occupied West Bank on the pretext of searching for "wanted" Palestinians. It was established in 1982, and is situated between the Palestinian city of Qalqilya and the Israeli city of Ariel.

Israel's military said it was treating the killings as a terrorist attack.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said two Israelis were killed in a shooting in the West Bank on Sunday morning.

Speaking with Channel 10 television, Bodankin said the suspect had entered the offices to fix an electrical problem, only to open fire at a secretary and senior manager sitting nearby. An Israeli woman also shot in the attack says a Palestinian treated her wounds.

"The terror organization Hamas called the murders "a heroic operation" and a 'natural response to the Israeli occupation's crimes.' The terror organization Islamic Jihad also justified the attack as 'natural, ' and added that 'the settlements are a legitimate target for people of the resistance, '" the report said.

The worldwide community regards all Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territories to be illegal and a major obstacle to Middle East peace.

A series of rallies in Gaza against Israel's siege of the territory since March have given rise to nearly weekly scenes of death on the border as Israeli snipers have picked off protesters.

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