Meir Hai, an Israeli man living in the West Bank settlement of Shavei Shomron, was killed Thursday afternoon in a shooting attack near his home.
Hai, a 40-year-old teacher and father of seven, was killed when militants opened fire at his vehicle on the road between Shavei Shomron and the nearby settlement of Einav in the West Bank.
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The police initially fielded a report of a traffic accident, but Magen David Adom emergency medical personnel found the victim suffering from what proved to be fatal gun shot wounds.
Initial reports from rescue services said the driver, travelling alone, was shot in the head and his car flipped over after being fired upon.
Large numbers of security forces were alerted to the scene to investigate the incident.
The Palestinian news agency Ma'an reported that the Imad Mughniyeh Group, affiliated with Fatah's Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, had claimed responsibility for the shooting.
Over the last year, the number of attacks in the West Bank has dramatically decreased thanks mainly to efficient Shin Bet security service and Israel Defense Forces operations battling terror infrastructure in the area. However, IDF officials say that terror attempts continue, especially perpetrated by local individuals working alone
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