Four Israelis were critically injured on Thursday, Dec. 13 in the second Palestinian drive-by shooting in five days. Two of the victims died under the hands of paramedics. The attack occurred at Asaf Hill between Ofra and Bethel, while Israeli army and security forces were scouring Arab villages for the Hamas network which perpetrated the attacks on Ofra and Barkan. They caught up with a number of ringleaders in the last 24 hours, but most are still at large, armed and searching for more terrorist targets. They are being cheered on by calls on the Palestinian street to avenge those “martyrs.” An obituary released by the Fatah movement in Ramallah called the terrorists captured or killed while resisting arrest “heroic martyrs who died for the motherland whose blood delineates the map of Free Arab Palestine.”
Soldiers are patrolling the roads and setting up roadblocks in order to catch the shooters and their vehicle.