Palestinian gunman kills two Israelis in West Bank: Israeli military

Palestinian gunman kills two Israelis in West Bank: Israeli military

Palestinian gunman kills two Israelis in West Bank: Israeli military

Naalwa was employed at the same plant in the northern West Bank site as his two victims - Kim Levengrond Yehezkel, 28, and Ziv Hagbi, 34.

The suspected assailant worked at the park, which employs both Israelis and Palestinians.

The 23-year-old Palestinian used a homemade gun, known locally as a "Carlo", according to Conricus, in the apparent "lone-wolf attack".

The Palestinian Islamic Jihad militant group called the attack a "natural response" to Israeli crimes in Gaza, Jerusalem and Khan al-Ahmar, a Bedouin village in the West Bank slated for demolition. Another woman in her 50s was seriously wounded.

Surveillance camera footage broadcast on Israeli television showed a man armed with a rifle fleeing down stairs and running away from the factory.

Israeli media reported that those killed were found shot to death on their office floor with their hands bound.

Speaking at Israel's weekly cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the shooting "a very severe terror attack". The Palestinian economy is heavily restricted under Israeli military rule, forcing tens of thousands of Palestinians to seek work in Israel as well as Jewish settlements.

"IDF and Shin Bet troops will continue to work to catch the terrorist and to preserve the security of the region's residents, with an increased operational and intelligence effort", the army said.

While insisting the attack was an act of terrorism, he acknowledged there were "other factors involved as well", without elaborating.

Reports say the gunman - who is thought to be a Palestinian - entered a factory building and shot at two women and a man. "That's what I think happened". "The suspect arrived at the industrial park and opened fire at three civilians".

The Israeli army spokesperson released a statement saying, "The circumstances leading to the incident are still being investigated, and all angles are being examined".

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