Manhunt underway after West Bank shooting

Cheryl Sanders
October 8, 2018

Conricus identified the gunman as a 23-year-old Palestinian from a West Bank village and said he was still at large.

Security footage shows the shooter fleeing, still armed with a rifle. He shot another woman, Sara Vaturi, 54, in the stomach, wounding her, then shot and murdered Ziv Hagbi, the father of three children. "I am sure we will catch him and bring him to justice soon".

Speaking at Israel's weekly cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the shooting "a very severe terror attack".

Israel's President Reuven Rivlin and U.S. 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.

Conricus called it a terrorist attack but said other unspecified factors were involved.

Palestinians work side by side with Israelis in the industrial zone.

On Sunday, the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas praised the attack, calling it a "message to young people of the West Bank and Gaza who are under siege".

Israeli captured the West Bank in the 1967 Six-Day War.

Some Israeli media reported the Palestinian suspect had been recently fired from his job at the site, raising speculation the attack may have been motivated by a personal vendetta.

The alleged incident took place in a factory in the Barkan Industrial Park about 25 kilometers east of Tel Aviv on Sunday, it added.

Last month, a Palestinian teenager stabbed to death the US-born settler Ari Fuld, a well-known pro-Israel advocate, at a shopping centre in Gush Etzion. I don't believe it was one of the Palestinians who just woke up in the morning and took a gun to shoot an Israeli.

A number of attacks have occurred at that location, the Gush Etzion Junction.

Israeli leaders blame Palestinian violence, "incitement" and intransigence for the lack of progress in peace efforts.

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