School Shooting in Central Israel: Two Masked Gunmen Moderately Wound Teen

Eyewitnesses tell Haaretz that the men entered the school in the Israeli Arab town of Jaljulia and shot the teen in the lower body

A school in Jaljulya, Israel.
Magen David Adom emergency responders

Two masked gunmen shot a student at the Jaljulia School of Education and Sciences in central Israel on Wednesday, eyewitnesses told Haaretz.

According to the witnesses, the men entered the school, located in the Israeli Arab town of Jaljulia, and shot the 17-year-old student in the lower body.

The student suffered light to moderate wounds and was taken to the hospital for treatment.

"We heard shots, I ran and saw him shot, it was a matter of seconds. Students were screaming and weeping," a teacher said. Parents of students were summoned to the school to pick up their children.

A paramedic with Magen David Adom who treated the boy related that the victim had been fully conscious. First aid included bandaging and stopping the bleeding, after which the student was evacuated to the hospital by ambulance in moderate, stable condition.

An emergency staff meeting was held with the police, as well as the head of Arab education in the Education Ministry. 

Police are searching for the gunmen, who immediately fled the scene.

The head of Jaljulia local council added that the incident had serious ramifications for the community and "hopes the police will get to the truth as soon as possible and bring the criminals to justice." The council will hold its own emergency meeting tonight to discusss the problem of violence and weapons in Arab society.