Israeli Army Surrounds Suspected Holdout of West Bank Shooter

Residents of the village reported smoke and sounds of explosions and gunfire

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Israeli soldiers at the scene of the shooting at Tapuah Junction, earlier this week.
Israeli soldiers at the scene of the shooting at Tapuah Junction, earlier this week.Credit: Moti Milrod

Israeli forces have surrounded a house in the Palestinian village of Aqraba near Nablus, where the suspected shooter in Sunday's West Bank attack is reportedly hiding, and a firefight has broken out.

Residents of the village reported smoke and sounds of explosions and gunfire. According to Palestinian reports, the Israeli army has yet to apprehend the suspect.

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Sunday's shooting attack at Tapuah junction in the West Bank left 19-year-old yeshiva students wounded, one of them critically.

Muntassir Shalabi.

Residents of the West Bank town of Turmus Ayya identified on Tuesday the shooter as Muntassir Shalabi, who is also U.S. citizen.

One resident said that Shalabi recently returned from the United States, where he had lived for several years, and that he was in dire economic straits after rapidly losing money through gambling.

Some of his family members denied his involvement in the shooting, which took place at Tapuah Junction on Sunday. Three 19-year-old yeshiva students were wounded, one critically, in the attack.

On Tuesday, the Israeli army said 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 a car suspected of being used in the shooting was located near Nablus. Following the report, Palestinians set the car on fire.

Following Sunday’s incident the army decided to reinforce its troops in the region, in addition to an already larger presence due to Ramadan.

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