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Three Palestinians arrested over deadly Samaria terror shooting

They are suspected of killing Arab Israeli Ammar Mansour on Sunday.

An Israeli man was killed in a terrorist shooting along Route 465 in the Binyamin region of Samaria, Jan. 7, 2024. Credit: TPS.
An Israeli man was killed in a terrorist shooting along Route 465 in the Binyamin region of Samaria, Jan. 7, 2024. Credit: TPS.

Israeli security forces arrested three Palestinians suspected of involvement in Sunday’s deadly terrorist attack in the Binyamin region of Samaria, authorities said on Monday.

The three are suspected of killing Arab Israeli Ammar Mansour, 33, from the Beit Hanina neighborhood of northeastern Jerusalem, in a shooting along Route 465, between the towns of Ofra and Eli. Mansour worked as a delivery contractor and was a father of two.

A second victim was seriously wounded in the attack, the Israel Defense Forces confirmed to JNS. The woman, a 42-year-old resident of Tel Aviv’s Jaffa quarter, was driving a separate vehicle, according to the Kan News public broadcaster.

A Palestinian passerby took her to a hospital in Ramallah, from where she was eventually transferred to Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem Ein Kerem through the Al-Jib crossing.

Israeli security officials said that two of the Palestinian suspects were arrested in Ramallah while the third was detained in the Jalazone camp north of the city.

Also on Sunday, two Israelis were lightly wounded in a terrorist car-ramming attack in the Binyamin region.

Security personnel shot and “neutralized” the terrorist at the IDF’s Ras Biddu checkpoint between Givat Ze’ev and Givon HaHadasha, northwest of Jerusalem, the statement said.

The Magen David Adom medical emergency response group said a 20-year-old woman suffered bruising to her limbs and was evacuated to the capital’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center fully conscious.

A Palestinian toddler was fatally wounded during the neutralization of the terrorist and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Rescuers Without Borders (Hatzalah Judea and Samaria). The circumstances of the girl’s injuries were not immediately clear.

Overnight Saturday, an Israel Border Police officer died of wounds sustained during a counterterror operation in the northern Samaria city of Jenin.

Shay Germay, 19, from the northern city of Karmiel, was in a vehicle that was hit by an explosive device during operational activity in the camp. Germay and three other occupants of the vehicle were evacuated to Haifa’s Rambam Medical Center. The other three Border Police officers were in serious, moderate and light condition, respectively.

“The Israel Police will stand by the bereaved family and accompany them forever,” the police said in a statement, adding that 60 police officers have been killed since the start of the war against Hamas on Oct. 7.

During the raid, an aerial drone killed six Palestinian terrorists throwing explosives at the Israeli forces.

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