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Shots Fired At Hikers, Capping Violent Week In West Bank

Shots Fired At Hikers, Capping Violent Week In West Bank

Shots were fired at the car of several Israeli hikers in the West Bank Thursday night.

The hikers were near the settlement of Mitzpe Yericho in the Binyamin region next to the Palestinian city of Jericho when the attack occurred. They reportedly ran to their car when they noticed a suspicious man approaching them. Shots were fired at the car as they drove away, according to reports.

The Israeli army was searching for the attacker, which the IDF Spokespersons office said in a tweet was a Palestinian. It is believed to have been a terrorist attack, according to reports. A European tourist was among the hikers.

The attack came around the same time as a mortar was fired from Gaza at southern Israel. There were no reports of damage or injury. It is the third explosive fired from Gaza at Israel this week

On Tuesday, a Palestinian stabbed to death an Israeli man at a bus stop in the West Bank.

Eviatar Borovsky, 31, a father of five from the Yitzhar settlement, was killed as he waited for a bus at the Tapuach Junction.

The stabber then took Borovsky’s gun and began shooting at Border Guard officers. The officers returned fire, injuring the Palestinian, who was taken to an Israeli hospital to be treated for his wounds. He is in police custody.

Earlier this year, the Tapuach Junction checkpoint was closed earlier as part of an easing of restrictions on the Palestinians.

Borovsky’s alleged killer was jailed in Israel for three years for rock throwing and was released less than six months ago, according to Ynet.

Following the attack, a group of Yitzhar residents set fields on fire and threw stones at a Palestinian school bus, Haaretz reported.

Jewish settlers threw rocks at passing Palestinian cars, and settlers and Palestinians threw rocks at each other in the northern West Bank on Wednesday, according to reports.

Late Tuesday night, the words “Price Tag” were sprayed on a house in a Palestinian village near Ramallah, and five cars there were damaged by rock throwing, The Jerusalem Post reported.

“Price tag” refers to the strategy that extremist settlers and their supporters have adopted to exact retribution for settlement freezes and demolitions or Palestinian attacks on Jews.

Since the murder, at least 15 Jewish settlers have been arrested for violence against Palestinians.

Several hundred people attended Borovsky’s funeral. Later, a photo of one of his young sons hugging his body draped in a prayer shawl went viral on Facebook.

The head of the Samaria Regional Council, Gershon Mesika, on Thursday moved his office to a tent on a hill overlooking the junction, where Borovsky was attacked.

A wooden structure was constructed at the site of a former army base and portable bathrooms were moved there, according to The Jerusalem Post. A large sign in Hebrew reads Eviatar.

Mesika told Israeli media he will work daily at the new outpost. He told The Jerusalem Post that he would make sure there is a constant presence at the site until families can be moved in.

Also on Tuesday, about an hour after Borovsky was killed, an Israeli-Arab man was stabbed in the haredi Orthodox Mea Shearim neighborhood of Jerusalem. The man was hospitalized with moderate injuries. Israel Police do not believe the two attacks were related.

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