Photo Credit: IDF Spokesperson
IDF sets up search, roadblocks

The public is asked to pray for the immediate recovery of Shira Yael bat Liora Sara, and Amichai Yishai ben Feiga Gitel Galila.

Between seven and nine people were wounded in a terror attack at the Ofra junction in the Binyamin region on Sunday evening, the final night of Hanukkah. Among the wounded is a pregnant woman who was shot in the stomach and is in serious condition.


“Shots were fired at Israeli civilians standing at a bus station from a passing Palestinian vehicle,” the IDF Spokesperson said in a statement late Sunday night. “IDF troops nearby responded by firing towards the vehicle, which fled. IDF troops are currently searching the area.”

One of the victims, a 21-year-old woman 30 weeks pregnant, is reported in critical condition with gunshot wounds to the stomach. Her 21-year-old husband, also age 21, was moderately wounded and is reported in fair condition.

Update: The doctors at Sharei Tzedek managed to deliver the baby, and he is now in the Newborn ICU. The doctors are still working to save the mother.

A 22-year-old man who was also shot arrived at Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center in Jerusalem, where he was treated in the Trauma Unit, according to spokesperson Hadar Elbaum. “His condition is fair, with full consciousness,” Elbaum said, adding that the victim suffered from “gunshot wounds in the lower limbs.”

Two 16-year-old girls were also wounded but they are in good condition. The girls and the husband were taken to Hadassah Mount Scopus Medical Center in Jerusalem.

The two victims in critical condition were taken to Shaare Zedek Medical Center, also in Jerusalem.

The victims were standing near the entrance to Ofra, in the Binyamin region of Samaria, when the terrorists opened fire at them.

The terrorists, who were reportedly driving by in a white car with Palestinian Authority license plates, managed to escape.

Roadblocks were set up throughout the area by IDF soldiers who continued to search for the attackers.

A large number of soldiers have entered the village of Silwad looking for the terrorists. There are unconfirmed reports that their vehicle was found.


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.