The Israeli army continued its search on Monday for the suspect of the drive-by shooting attack that occurred in the West Bank the day before, leaving three Israelis wounded.
The Israeli army said Tuesday morning that it had arrested several Palestinians who are suspected of assisting the perpetrators after they fled the scene, but could not confirm their involvement in attack.
Palestinian news agency Shehab reported that the car, which was suspected of being used in the shooting, was located near Nablus and Palestinian security forces were on the scene. Palestinians who also arrived at the scene following the report set the car on fire.
Following the report, the Israeli army searched the village where the car was found, as well as the surrounding villages, in search of the shooter.
A preliminary army investigation found that the Israeli unit stationed in Tapuach Junction, where the shooting occurred, acted properly – it ensured the safety of nearby civilians and responded with fire toward the car as it was fleeing the scene.
Moreover, the army believes that there was only one shooter in the car and that they are not affiliated with any terrorist organization.
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The army searched the Palestinian village near scene of the incident overnight, resulting in no arrests.
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During the search, however, clashes between local Palestinians and the army broke out. According to the IDF, rocks and fire bombs were hurled at soldiers, to which soldiers responded with riot-dispersal measures and live fire. Five Palestinians suffered gunshot wounds and were evacuated to Rafidia Hospital in Nablus, the Palestinian Health Ministry reported.
The Israeli army has also said to have been on “high alert” amid the recent attacks in the West Bank. Following Sunday’s incident the army decided to reinforce its troops in the region, in addition to an already larger presence due to Ramadan.
On Sunday, a Palestinian woman who attempted to stab soldiers in the West Bank died hours after being shot and hospitalized.
As of now, the army distinguishes between the shooting and attempted stabbing, investigating them as distinct events.