An Israeli father and his 18-year-old son were killed in cold blood Friday afternoon by a Palestinian Muslim terrorist and five other children believed to be family members were wounded in the West Bank attack.
At 3 P.M. local time Friday, Israeli emergency services received a dispatch to deploy to the Otniel Junction in the southern West Bank. Paramedics arrived on scene to find the father and son already deceased, and pronounced them dead at the murder site.
Five children were treated for light injuries and shock, according to Israel’s Channel 2 News.
Noam Bar, a senior paramedic who arrived on scene said of the tragedy:
When we arrived at the scene we saw seven passengers outside the vehicle, two of them — a man of about 40 and a youth of about 18 — lying unconscious with bullet wounds to the upper body. They displayed no signs of life and we were forced to pronounce them dead at the scene. In addition, we administered first aid treatment and evacuated to Soroka hospital a youth of about 16 with light bullet wounds to his limbs and four people suffering from shock.
The Palestinian terrorist group Hamas has already praised the cold-blooded murder, calling the event a “quality development in the intifada,” the Times Of Israel reports.
The radical jihadi group wrote on its website: “We welcome the brave action carried out by the resistance south of Hebron. It signifies a quality development in the ‘Al-Quds’ intifada and proves that the resistance can deter the occupation, which only understands the language of force.”
Yochai Damari, the head of the Mount Hebron Regional Council, said the Israeli Jewish “family was on its way to observe Shabbat.” He added that an Islamic Red Crescent refused to treat the dying Jewish victims, “as if they were dogs and not people.”
“But these are our neighbors,” he said of the Palestinian radicals, “they behave like inhuman animals.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has promised to find the terrorist and bring him to justice.
“We will find these low life murderers and we will prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law, just as we have done in the past,” Netanyahu said, vowing to fight terror “wherever it strikes.”