Doctors delivered a baby whose mother was critically wounded in a terror attack outside of the Jewish community of Ofra in the West Bank, The Jerusalem Post reported Monday. Six others, including the woman’s husband, were also injured in the attack.
The 21-year-old mother is reported to be in stable condition but unconscious, after the baby was delivered two months early.
The mother and six other people, including her husband were injured, when someone in a car opened fire on a crowd waiting at a hitchhiking post and bus stop outside of Ofra on Israel’s Route 60, following a celebration of the last night of the holiday of Channukah. The car escaped the scene even though soldiers fired at it. Later, it was reportedly found abandoned.
Of the remaining six victims, two were reported to be moderately injured, and four were said to have light injuries, including two 16-year-old girls. The injured are being treated at Jerusalem-area hospitals including Shaarei Tzedek and Haddassah.
“I am very grateful to God that nothing happened to [my daughter], a huge miracle happened to us on Hanukkah. We will not solve the problem with fear. On the contrary, it is symbolic that they stood right next to the place where the Maccabees fought, near Ofra. A lot of heroism was shown there,” the mother of one of the teenagers, identified as Chen Antebi, told the Israeli media.
“I suddenly saw a boom, all kinds of shrapnel, and I was sure it was fireworks, because of the party that was there before.” Chen Atebi, the wounded teen told Israeli media, describing the attack. “[However], when I saw the pregnant woman bleeding on the floor and her husband shouting, I understood that I had to hide.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the attack and wished a speedy recovery to those wounded. “We are all praying for the wellbeing of the wounded from last night’s terrorist attack in Ofra,” he said, adding, “We support the doctors who are fighting for the baby’s life. Abhorrent terrorists tried to murder a mother and the baby in her womb. This is monstrous.”
Hamas, the terrorist organization that maintains complete military and political control over the Gaza Strip, praised the terror attack.
“The heroic Ofra operation is an affirmation of our people’s choice and legitimacy in resisting the Zionist occupation and its settlers,” Abdelatif al-Qanou, a spokesman for the terror group, posted on Facebook. “It proves that any attempt to condemn the Palestinian resistance will fail in the face of the desire and valiance of our Palestinian people.”
The attack comes just days after the United Nations defeated a motion to condemn Hamas terror. At the time, Hamas spokesman Moussa Abu Marzouk said that the UN vote “represents a slap to the US administration and confirmation of the legitimacy of the resistance.”
“@UN this is what you defended last week when you failed to condemn Hamas,” U.S. Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt tweeted. “Hamas praises yet another terror attack. You had the ability to help fight against terror. Is this what the UN wants its legacy to be?”
.@UN this is what you defended last week when you failed to condemn Hamas. Hamas praises yet another terror attack. You had the ability to help fight against terror. Is this what the UN wants its legacy to be? https://t.co/MPLWVYdQwY
— Jason D. Greenblatt (@jdgreenblatt45) December 10, 2018
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