Israeli couple shot dead in car in northern Samaria, four children rescued

The car in which an Israeli couple was shot dead Thursday. Credit: United Hatzalah.

( An Israeli Jewish couple was shot dead in their vehicle on Thursday night in northern Samaria.

According to Magen David Adom paramedics, Eitam and Na'ama Henkin, who were in their 30s, were found dead at the scene with wounds to their torso. Four of their children, including a 4-month-old baby, a 4-year-old, a 7-year-old, and a 9-year-old, were recused from the car and were unharmed. 

The terrorist attack occurred near the Jewish communities of Elon Moreh and Itamar in Samaria. Israel is still searching for the terrorists behind the attack.

“It was a very difficult scene,” said Magen David Adom paramedic Boaz Malka, who was one of the first to arrive on the scene.

“We saw a vehicle in the middle of the road, and a man in his thirties lying next to it with wounds in his upper torso. Inside the car sat a woman in her 30s, also with severe wounds to her upper torso. They were without any signs of life, and unfortunately we were forced to pronounce them dead at the scene,” he said.

Israeli leaders blamed Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for inciting the attack by announcing at the United Nations a day earlier that Palestinians would no longer abide by the 1993 Oslo Accords.

“Abu Mazen’s (Abbas’s) marching order was answered this evening in Israel, and it is red with blood,” said Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett, leader of the Jewish Home party. “A nation whose leaders incite murder will never have a state, and that has to be said clearly. The time for talking is over. Now is the time for action.”

"It has been proven again that the wild Palestinian incitement leads to acts of terrorism and murder such as we have seen this evening," said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said, "Tonight, bloodthirsty murderers claimed the lives of a mother and a father, leaving their young children orphaned. The heart breaks at the magnitude of such cruelty and hatred. We will continue in our brave and unwavering fight against this cruel and heinous terrorism—of this our enemies can be sure. This is our duty, and the only way we can ensure the right of the orphans who lost their parents tonight, along with the right of all our children and grandchildren, to live with security and in peace, everywhere in the Land of Israel."

Posted on October 1, 2015 .