Two People Injured After Shots Fired at Bus in West Bank Settlement

The bus driver and a passenger suffered minor injuries resulting from flying shards of glass ■ IDF says forces are searching the area for a suspect

File Photo: an ambulance
Eliyahu Hershkovitz

Two people were lightly injured Wednesday night after an unidentified shooter opened fire on a bus in the West Bank. 

The two injured were the driver of the bus and a passenger. They were evacuated to Hadassah Medical Center to receive medical care.

The shooter, who is still at large, opened fire on the bus as it was travelling on route 466, near the settlement of Beit El in the West Bank, hitting the windshield. 

A Magen David Adom paramedic, Shalom Galil, who attended to victims at the scene said: "When I arrived at the scene, I saw the bus with the windshield shattered and passengers standing outside. A man of about 35, who was sitting in the front seat, and the bus driver, a man of about 30, were fully conscious and had very minor injuries resulting from flying shards of glass."

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"We provided first aid and sent them to be checked at the hospital though they were in stable condition. It's a miracle that the event resulted in such minor injuries," he added.

The Israel Defense Forces said that army forces are searching the area.

The council of Beit El issued a statement saying, "Tonight, around 10:15pm the bus leaving Beit El to Jerusalem was struck by gunfire near Givat Assaf. Two people suffered very minor injuries and were treated by the council's ambulance. The area is being searched for terrorists."