National Security

IDF Apprehends Palestinians Suspected in West Bank Drive-By Shooting

Palestinian youths challenge Israeli soldiers during clashes in the West Bank city of Ramallah on December 10, 2018, one day after a drive-by shooting attack (ABBAS MOMANI/AFP/Getty Images)

Israeli Defense Forces apprehended multiple Palestinians they suspect are responsible for a drive-by shooting that happened outside a Jewish settlement in the West Bank on Sunday, according to local reports.

The arrests occurred during the course of a manhunt Wednesday night, The Jerusalem Post reported, citing Channel 2 and Palestinian sources.

The manhunt for the suspects kicked off after several shots were fired from a Palestinian vehicle toward Israelis on Sunday, according to Israeli officials. The Israelis were standing at a bus station by the entrance to Ofra, a settlement north of Jerusalem, according to Haaretz.

Seven people were wounded in the shooting, including a woman in the 30th week of her pregnancy. The baby was delivered on Sunday after the mother was seriously wounded during the drive-by attack, but the baby's condition deteriorated on Tuesday and he passed away. The mother, Shira Ish-Ran, and her husband, Amichai, were both injured during the attack, but they are both in stable condition at the Shaare Tzedek Hospital in Jerusalem. In addition to the couple, a man in his twenties suffered moderate wounds and four others were lightly wounded, including two 16-year-old girls.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered his condolences following the news of the infant's death, saying, "Our hearts go to Shira and Amichai for the death of the four-day-old baby who still didn't have a name. Despicable murderers, the most deviant criminals on earth."

Shortly after the baby's death was announced, Israeli troops started firing on a Palestinian vehicle north of Ramallah, which was part of their manhunt to find the multiple suspects. The driver of the vehicle, Salah Al-Barghouti, was shot and arrested by security forces.

"Security forces are searching after the murderers and I hope that soon we will hear news about this. We won't give up until we find them and bring them to justice," Netanyahu said. Security forces were still searching for the shooter, as of the report from Haaretz Wednesday night.

The IDF said it is searching for the shooter in the nearby village of Silwad and has set up checkpoints. Palestinian residents reported that large military forces entered Silwad, which is east of Ramallah, and have raided a house. Residents also reported that the IDF is searching in the nearby village of Ein Yabrud, just west of Ofra. The troops collected security cameras located in the village.