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American-Israeli citizen identified as West Bank shooting victim

Elan Ganeles, a 26-year old American-Israeli citizen was the victim of Monday’s attack in West Bank.

He was shot near Jericho at a road intersection.

According to the Israel Defense Forces, (IDF), multiple gunmen opened fire on the vehicle.

Two additional vehicles bearing Israeli number plates were also attacked shortly thereafter, but no injuries were reported.


They set fire to their vehicle, then fled on foot. To catch them, roadblocks were set up.

Two manhunts have been confirmed by the Israeli military after three victims were killed in Hawara, West Bank on Sunday.

Yigal Yaniv and Hillel Yaniv were killed by a gunman who was allegedly wearing a T-shirt with the logo of militant Palestinian group Lions Den.

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It is not known if this was a targeted attack on a car bearing Israeli number plates that passed through a Palestinian village.

In revenge riots in Hawara, a Palestinian man in his thirties was later killed and shot.

Image Friends and family at the funeral of Hillel Yaniv and Yagel Yaniv, Jerusalem on Monday Pic: AP

Sameh Aqtash was a victim who had just returned from Turkey, where he had been volunteering following the devastating earthquakes.

Both incidents are being treated as terrorist by the IDF.

According to reports, around 400 Israeli settlers marched on the Palestinian city from nearby settlements.

At least 15 homes were set on fire and 25 cars were also destroyed. Nine families from Palestine had to be evacuated from their homes.

Image A Palestinian walks among scorched cars in a Hawara scrapyard Pic: AP
Image At most 25 cars were set on fire in revenge riots at Hawara Pic AP

Ten Israelis were arrested in connection to the violence. Investigations are ongoing.

The Jerusalem Post reported that two Israeli journalists had been shot by a Jewish gunman wearing black clothes, a military vest, and helmet.

The US and UK governments condemned the rioting; the British Ambassador to Israel called the scenes “terrible” while urging Israel to end settler violence.

On Monday afternoon, the IDF spokesperson spoke to journalists and described it as “a terrible night”, adding that “I know it looks very very bad.”

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After being criticised for not doing enough to stop the riots and following incitement via social media, the IDF responded by defending its tactics.

The spokesman admitted that it was too soon to determine if there were operational errors, but it wasn’t a good day.

To “de-escalate and keep the opposing sides apart”, more forces were deployed to the region.

This violence occurred at the Red Sea resort Aqaba in Jordan, which was also home to rare talks between Israeli and Palestinian officials.

Image Hundreds protest against the ‘political safety’ meeting hosted Jordan Pic: AP

High-ranking security officials from both sides met amid increasing violence and agreed that they would take steps to ease tensions.

After a statement, which included a part that stated Israel would stop settlement expansions for six more months, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu posted a tweet in protest of the statement.


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