Two Israeli women were killed in a shooting attack in the West Bank.
According to the Israeli military, two Israeli sisters were killed and their mother was injured in a shooting attack in the occupied West Bank.
They were in a car that crashed after being shot near the Hamra Junction in the Jordan Valley’s northwestern outskirts.
The mayor of Efrat said the sisters, who were in their twenties, and their 48-year-old mother lived there and were British immigrants.
There was no immediate confirmation from either the Israeli or British governments.
The Israeli military stated that its forces had blocked roads in the area and had “begun a pursuit of the terrorists.”
The shooting occurred just hours after Israeli warplanes conducted airstrikes in southern Lebanon and the Gaza Strip.
The military claimed they were in retaliation for the largest rocket attack on Israel in 17 years, which it blamed on the Palestinian militant group Hamas.
The rocket barrage came after two nights of Israeli police raids on the al-Aqsa mosque in occupied East Jerusalem, which sparked outrage throughout the region.
Following rocket fire, Israel strikes Lebanon and Gaza.
According to the Israeli military, the incident in the Jordan Valley on Friday was initially reported as a collision between an Israeli car and a Palestinian car. When troops arrived, they discovered several bullet holes in the Israeli vehicle and concluded it was an attack.
According to Israeli public broadcaster Kan, 22 bullet casings were discovered, apparently from a Kalashnikov assault rifle.
A volunteer medic with the United Hatzalah ambulance service said he rushed to the scene and discovered three critically injured people.
“I performed CPR on the injured with other first responders in an attempt to save their lives,” Oded Shabbat said. “One injured person was flown to the hospital by helicopter for further treatment.”