Photo of Israeli soldiers at the Shuafat checkpoint in east Jerusalem after the shooting,
(Photo Credit: AFP)
A female Israeli soldier was killed and two other soldiers critically wounded on 8 October in a Palestinian shooting operation at the Shuafat checkpoint in occupied east Jerusalem, reports said.
A Palestinian resistance fighter arrived at the checkpoint in a vehicle, exited the vehicle, and opened fire at the soldiers before escaping on foot.
Shortly after, and in response to the shooting, Israeli troops stormed the Shuafat refugee camp in pursuit of the attacker. The occupation forces heavily fired tear gas canisters while violently conducting search operations throughout the camp, as Israeli helicopters and drones flew over Jerusalem.
According to the Palestinian Red Crescent, the Israeli troops prevented ambulance teams from entering the Shuafat camp for hours before permitting them access.
“This is a serious attack and we will not rest until we punish all those involved in this serious attack,” Commander of the Israeli police’s Jerusalem District, Superintendent Doron Turgeman, said in a statement.
Although Hebrew media said on 9 October that three suspects had been apprehended, local reports claim that the three arrested were in fact family members of the Palestinian gunman, who were taken into custody with the aim of pressuring the attacker to turn himself in.
The siege of the Shuafat refugee camp is ongoing, as the Israeli forces continue their search for the Palestinian shooter.
Earlier on 8 October, two Palestinian teenagers, Ahmad Daraghmeh and Mahmoud al-Sous, were gunned down by Israeli forces during a raid on the West Bank city of Jenin.
The day before, on 7 October, two other Palestinian teens were shot dead by the Israeli army, Mahdi Mohammad Ladadwa in the northwest of Ramallah, and Adel Ibrahim Daoud in Qalqilia, in the northern West Bank.
This leaves four Palestinian youths shot and killed by the Israeli army in less than 24 hours.
Lately, the occupation troops have intensified their violent raids across the West Bank. Just last week, Israeli forces raided the Jalazone refugee camp in the West Bank, firing at least 30 bullets at three Palestinians in their vehicle, killing two of them instantly and severely wounding the other.
As a result of these constant raids, the resistance within the West Bank has strengthened its activities.
According to a report by Israel’s State Comptroller Matanyahu Englman, the Israeli army is “logistically unprepared” for its regular operations inside the West Bank, and for taking on the growing Palestinian resistance.