Published: Tue, October 09, 2018
World News | By Sandy Lane

Manhunt continues for Palestinian who killed two Israelis in Barkan shooting

Manhunt continues for Palestinian who killed two Israelis in Barkan shooting

A Palestinian shot and wounded three Israelis, two critically, in an attack on Sunday in an industrial park adjacent to a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank, Israeli media reports said. "We know he is still armed and considered unsafe", he added.

Surveillance camera footage broadcast on Israeli television showed a man armed with a rifle fleeing down stairs and running away from the factory. Israeli forces killed over 260 Palestinians in that period, of which Israel says most were attackers.

Hamas, the militant group that controls the Gaza Strip - the other main Palestinian territory - called the attack a "heroic operation". It identified the gunman as a 23-year-old Palestinian from a West Bank village and said he was still at large.

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"IDF and Shin Bet troops will continue to work to catch the terrorist and to preserve the security of the region's residents, with an increased operational and intelligence effort", the army said.

Speaking at the beginning of the weekly cabinet meeting, Benjamin Netanyahu called the shooting "a very severe terror attack".

Israel's President Reuven Rivlin and United States ambassador David Friedman both condemned the shooting in the Barkan industrial zone, where thousands of Palestinians and an equal numbers of Jewish Israelis have worked side-by-side for decades, as an attack on coexistence.

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Moshe Lev-Ran, an export manager at a company whose factory is located next to the scene of the attack, said he doubted the official account. "Everybody knew him. He went upstairs to the second floor because he knew who he wanted to shoot, and he shot", he said.

"No way in our industrial zone", he said, describing an atmosphere of camaraderie in Barkan".

The army has launched an investigation into how Na'alwa was able to smuggle his weapon into the gated industrial park and into whether he had bound Levengrond Yehezkel with the intention of taking her hostage.

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