Palestinian sniper kills Israeli Defense Ministry employee

( The recent uptick in Palestinian terrorism against Israel continued Tuesday when a Palestinian sniper fatally shot 22-year-old Salah Shukri Abu Latyef, a civilian employee of the Israeli Defense Ministry, while Latyef was making repairs to the Israel-Gaza border fence.

Latyef, a tractor driver, was airlifted to Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba, where he died of his wounds from the shooting. The Israel Air Force responded to the murder by striking two Hamas training camps, Reuters reported.

“This is a very severe incident and we will not let it go unanswered,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement. “Our policy until now has been to act to thwart such incidents beforehand and to respond in force and this is how we will act regarding this incident as well.”

The murder of Latyef follows Sunday’s bus bombing near Tel Aviv, which resulted in no civilian injuries after the bus was successfully evacuated, and Monday’s stabbing of an Israeli policeman.

Posted on December 24, 2013 .