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Two Israelis were lightly wounded on Wednesday evening after gunmen opened fire on their car north of the West Bank city of Ramallah.

The car in which the companions were traveling was sprayed with gunshots at around 8:30 P.M., between the settlements of Eli and Ma'aleh Levona. Initially, it was reported that rocks were hurled at their car.

The companions managed to reach Ma'aleh Levona in time to receive medical care, after which they were taken to hospital with light wounds.

Israel Defense Forces are combing the area in search of the gunmen.


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In March, two Israel Police officers were shot dead by Palestinians while on patrol near the settlement of Masu'a, in the northern West Bank.

Both victims were found in their vehicle suffering from critical gunshot wounds. One was pronounced dead by medics shortly after being discovered, and the other succumbed to his wounds following resuscitation efforts.

In January, a 34-year-old resident of the West Bank settlement of Kochav Hashahar was seriously wounded when a gunman opened fire on his car on the highway near the settlement.

A significant rise in the number of attempted attacks on both sides of the Green Line has been marked since the beginning of March.

Attacks this year include a planned bombing at the Lev Hamifratz mall in Haifa, where an explosives-laden car was discovered after a small explosion; the bomb was defused and caused no injuries.

Other incidents include the shooting death of two police officers in the Jordan Valley, the fatal axing of a 13-year-old boy in the Gush Etzion settlement of Bat Ayin, a knifing in the Beit Haggai settlement near Hebron, a tractor attack in Jerusalem and an attempt to run over police officers involved in the razing of a terrorist's East Jerusalem home.