The Israeli military says Palestinian gunmen opened fire on a bus in the occupied West Bank, injuring six soldiers, one of them seriously, and one civilian.
JERUSALEM – The Israeli military said Palestinian gunmen opened fire on a bus in the occupied West Bank on Sunday, injuring six soldiers, including one seriously and one civilian.
Magen David Adom Medical Service said two people with gunshot wounds were airlifted to a hospital in Haifa by helicopter.
The Israeli military says it has arrested two Palestinians suspected of carrying out the midday attack on a major West Bank highway.
The suspects fled the scene in their vehicle, which caught fire shortly after the shooting, security camera footage broadcast by Israeli media showed. The men escaped from the burning vehicle and were later apprehended. It is not clear what caused the car to catch on fire.
Defense Minister Benny Gantz said that Israeli security forces had “embedded the suspects in a swift and professional operation”.
The attack took place on Route 90, the main North-South highway that runs through the West Bank’s Jordan Valley. The road is dotted with Israeli settlements and Palestinian villages and towns.
Israel captured the West Bank in the 1967 Mideast War and has built dozens of settlements in the territory. Much of the international community considers the settlements illegal and an obstacle to peace with the Palestinians, who see the territory as the heart of a future state.