Security guard killed in terror attack outside Israeli settlement

A 23-year-old security guard was killed by gunfire on Friday outside the Israeli settlement of Ariel in the West Bank, shielding his girlfriend in the suspected terror attack. 

UPDATE: Israel captures two suspects in connection to the Ariel attack.

The location of the attack.

The military said that two assailants driving a car with an Israeli license plate arrived at the guard post at the entrance to Ariel and opened fire at the two security guards, who were dating.

The shooters fled the scene after the attack, the military said, as forces were searching for the attackers in the northern West Bank and surrounded the adjacent Palestinian town of Salfit.

“When we arrived at the scene we saw an unconscious man in his 20s who sustained gunshot wounds,” a paramedic who was called to the scene said. “He wasn’t breathing and didn’t have a pulse… he did not show any signs of life, so we had to pronounce him dead.”

Police officers near the site of the shooting.Credit: Ofer Vaknin

Following the attack, the military deployed infantry and special forces, along with police forces in the area.

Two suspects were arrested overnight in the West Bank for participating in terror activities, according to the military.

Brig. Gen. Avi Blut, who commands the Israeli military’s Central Command, said that during an operation in the village of Azzun in the West Bank Israeli forces came under attack and responded with live fire, hitting one man. 

The Palestinian Health Ministry reported that 27-year-old Yahya Ali Adwan was shot to death Saturday by IDF forces in the village Azzun.

The Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, Fatah’s militant wing, took responsibility for the attack in Ariel, calling it “a heroic action in Ariel which caused the death of a Zionist officer.

The site of the terror attack near Ariel on Friday.Credit: Ofer Vaknin

“Just as we promised, we will work to lock down the cities, and that happened during Raad Hazem’s attack.

All this activity is a response to Israeli aggression against the holy places in Jerusalem.”

Hamas’ spokesperson Hazem Qassem praised the attack, calling it proof that a revolution is taking place in the West Bank and that “Jerusalem is a red line,” while the leader of the group in the Gaza Strip, Yahya Sinwar, threatened a “big battle” if “the Zionist enemy does not cease its aggression at Al-Aqsa Mosque.”

Hezbollah also praised “the heroic action in Ariel.” The organization went on to say that the attack was an indication of “the determination of the Palestinian people to fight the occupation, and defends itself and the sacred places with every means at its disposal.”

In response to the attack Ariel Mayor Eliyahu Shaviro expressed confidence in security forces, saying: “We trust the security forces to stop the terrorists who did this heinous crime.

No one will stop us.”

Over the past month of Ramadan, tensions between Israeli security forces and Palestinians have been especially high, particularly over Ramadan prayers in Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Over the past two months, a string of Palestinian attacks in Israel and the West Bank have left 14 Israelis dead.

Meanwhile, at least 17 Palestinians have been killed in Israeli operations in the West Bank, some related to locating suspects behind the terror attacks. 

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