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Palestinian terrorists fire at bus in Binyamin region

The bus was traveling along Route 465 when it was fired upon from a passing vehicle.

The victim's car after the attack near the Ateret Junction in the Binyamin region of Samaria. Credit: TPS.
The victim's car after the attack near the Ateret Junction in the Binyamin region of Samaria. Credit: TPS.

Suspected Palestinian terrorists opened fire on a public bus in the Binyamin region of Samaria on Tuesday afternoon, Rescuers Without Borders (Hatzalah Judea and Samaria) said.

The bus was traveling along Route 465 in the vicinity of Umm Safa, an Arab village located near the Jewish community of Ateret, when it was fired upon from a passing vehicle. No injuries were reported.

The driver called the security forces and continued driving to Ateret. The Israel Defense Forces opened a manhunt for the terrorists.

The incident comes amid a sharp increase in terrorist attacks on roads across Judea, Samaria and eastern Jerusalem.

On Monday evening, at least one Jewish driver was lightly wounded when Palestinian terrorists stoned Israeli vehicles on a main highway in central Samaria, medical officials said.

According to the Magen David Adom emergency service, a 28-year-old man suffered a head wound in the attack, which took place on Route 60 near Sinjil, north of Ramallah.

Palestinian rock throwers on Monday also targeted Israeli drivers on routes 446 and 465, causing some damage. In a separate incident, terrorists threw a firebomb at Israelis traveling on Route 466 near Givat Asaf, reported Rescuers Without Borders.

The organization recorded additional stoning incidents in the areas of Yitzhar, Ma’ale Hever and Ma’ale Shomron.

On Sunday evening, a group of Arabs attacked an Israeli woman and her three children in eastern Jerusalem. The victims were driving on Martin Buber Street when five assailants smashed the windshield of their vehicle with cinder blocks and stones.

The woman was injured by glass shards, while her children were treated for anxiety.

Hours earlier, police officers caught a resident of eastern Jerusalem red-handed as he stoned cars passing through the At-Tur neighborhood on the Mount of Olives. The suspect was set to be brought before a judge on Monday. 

Palestinian terrorists on Sunday night also targeted a public bus near the southern Samaria town of Ofra, causing extensive damage. It was not initially clear how the vehicle was attacked, with eyewitnesses telling JNS they heard gunshots.

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