Raziel Shevah, 35, succumbs to his wounds after being rushed to hospital having been shot in the neck by at least one terrorist who sprayed his vehicle with bullets in a drive-by shooting near Havat Gilad; IDF combs the area in pursuit of the shooters.
A man was killed on Tuesday evening after being shot in the neck when at least one terrorist opened fire on his car from a moving vehicle near Havat Gilad in the West Bank.
The victim, who was later identified as 35-year-old Reb Raziel Shevah, was rushed to Meir Hospital in Kfar Saba and was originally said to have sustained extremely serious wounds but but was pronounced dead shortly after.
Upon arriving at the scene, security forces and paramedics discovered the wounded man on Route 60 inside the car, the windshield of which had been riddled with bullets.
The IDF immediately launched an investigation, scouring the area, closing off roads and setting up roadblocks in the Nablus area in pursuit of the shooter or shooters.
Speaking before her husband's fate was confirmed, his wife said while rushing to the hospital: “He called me and said ‘they have shot me. Order an ambulance.’
I'm still horrified by the ease with which they shoot us like this. We’re on the way to the hospital and we still don’t know what his situation is. I ask everyone to pray for him.”
Itay Zar, who founded Havat Gilad, said: “On my way home I heard about the incident. I am shocked. It's a very serious incident and we are praying for the welfare of the wounded man,” he said.
“We are sick of Arabs drinking a cup of coffee, getting into their cars and shooting at us and then returning to Nablus,” he added. "We're sick of being ducks in a shooting range. We need a deterent."
Yehudah Cohen, who witnessed the shooting recalled the incident: “We got to the area and saw a load of bullet casings on the road. The man was conscious but lapsed into unconsciousness while he was being spoken to,” he said.
Yossi Dagan, head of the Samaria Regional Council, bemoaned the fact that “terrorists feel comfortable shooting at innocent civilians.
“I want to send a clear message to our enemies. We will not surrender to terror. We choose life. I want to thank the security forces and rescue teams for their service,” he said.
The attack comes just over a month after 19-year-old Sgt. Ron Kokia, who was waiting for the bus in Arad, was stabbed to death outside the mall in the city.
Around a fortnight earlier, a Palestinian stabbed an Israel Border Policemen in the West Bank Square near Ramallah, leaving him moderately wounded before being shot by security forces.
The spasmodic instances of violence had already showed signs of once again picking up pace when five days earlier a 46-year-old security guard was stabbed in his upper body and seriously wounded by a terrorist on Jerusalem's Jaffa Street, outside the city's central bus station.