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‘Don’t wait for our children to be harmed’: Outrage after Palestinians open fire on home in Shaked

Samaria Regional Council head Yossi Dagan calls on the government to act after the community is targeted for the seventh time in the past few months.

Samaria Regional Council head Yossi Dagan and Shaked resident Limor Merom, Jan. 15, 2023. Visible in the background is a hole in Merom's kitchen window made by a bullet fired by Palestinian terrorists. Credit: Samaria Regional Council.
Samaria Regional Council head Yossi Dagan and Shaked resident Limor Merom, Jan. 15, 2023. Visible in the background is a hole in Merom's kitchen window made by a bullet fired by Palestinian terrorists. Credit: Samaria Regional Council.

Judea and Samaria residents are calling on the Israeli government to crack down on Palestinian terrorism after a family home in Shaked was struck by gunfire on Monday.

“We demand a change in the paradigm of the previous government’s security negligence,” said Samaria Regional Council head Yossi Dagan following a meeting of regional leaders. “Do not allow a new wave of terrorism to come here,” he added.

According to a statement released by the council, Shaked has been fired upon seven times over the past few months.

Resident Limor Marom, a mother of three young children, warned that inaction on the part of the government could have deadly consequences.

A close-up image of the bullet hole in Limor Marom kitchen window in Shaked, in Samaria. According to the Samaria Regional Council, Palestinian terrorists have fired on Shaked seven times in recent months. Credit: Samaria Regional Council.

“I have lived here for 23 years, and this [terrorism] is something that has never happened. My biggest fear and that of all the residents here is that it will become routine. I appeal to everyone who is involved in security to do whatever is necessary, [whether] it means closing [Palestinian] villages or shooting back at [the terrorists]. Miraculously, there have been no casualties. Don’t wait for our children to be harmed,” she said.

For his part, Dagan demanded the government go on the offensive before it’s too late.

“I was supposed to come meet this wonderful woman [Marom] to have coffee and talk about education—not see bullet holes in the window in the kitchen, where she and her daughters were supposed to have a quiet family dinner. These miracles may run out,” he said.

While no group claimed responsibility for Monday’s attack, Palestinian Islamic Jihad has in the past claimed responsibility for similar attacks.

Shaked is located some 10 kilometers (6 miles) from Jenin, a hotbed of Palestinian terrorism and the hub of PIJ’s activities in Judea and Samaria.

The Israel Defense Forces has launched a manhunt for the shooters, who fled the scene.

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