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Fatah, Hamas Praise Terror Attack That Killed 2, Wounded 2

Both Fatah, the main Palestinian political party, and Hamas, the terrorist group that exercises full political and military control over the Gaza Strip, praised a West Bank terror attack that killed two soldiers and wounded two others, The Jerusalem Post reported Thursday.

The attack took place at Givat Assaf, about a mile away from Sunday night’s terror attack in Ofra, when a man, reportedly wearing an IDF uniform, got out of his car and started shooting at a crowd.

Two soldiers were pronounced dead at the scene. The Times of Israel reported that one of the injured is a soldier, in critical condition, suffering from a bullet wound to the head. The other person injured is a female civilian, who was shot in the pelvis.

Fatah, the party headed by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, called on Palestinians “to commemorate the Martyrs and to realize our goals.” The political organization also warned that “the continued bloodshed and aggression that will lead to a stronger confrontation.”

“Israel’s leaders must understand that they are not able to protect their soldiers, and they have tried every way they can think of to make Palestinians raise the white flag of surrender,” Fatah spokesperson Munir Jaghoub said of the recent terror attacks. “Israel has no way of protecting its soldiers and the murderous settlers, aside from withdrawing to the June 1967 lines.”

“Hamas praises the numerous resistance attacks as well as the citizens of the occupied West Bank and the revolutionary youth,” a Hamas spokesman named Abdel Latif al-Qanou said. He added that the attack, “is in response to the crimes of the Zionist occupation in the occupied West Bank. Our members will stand against the occupation and will resist it – until it ends.”

Overnight, the IDF reported that it had killed two terror suspects.

Salih Barghouti, the suspected shooter in Sunday night’s terror attack, was killed as Israeli security forces attempted to apprehend him. Four other suspects were arrested. Previously, it was reported that he had been critically wounded.

Seven people were wounded in the Sunday night terror attack, including a pregnant woman. Her baby, who was delivered early by emergency C-Section, died Wednesday.

In a separate operation, Israeli security forces killed Ashraf Na’alowa, suspected of murdering two co-workers, Kim Levengrond-Yehezkel and Ziv Hajbi, at the Barkan Industrial Park in October.

The Shin Bet charged that at the time he was killed, Na’alowa was planning another terror attack. The suspect had fired at the officers who had come to arrest him. They fired back, killing him.

Two other terror attacks were reported Thursday.

Before dawn, two Israeli Border Police officers were stabbed by an assailant in the Old City of Jerusalem. Border guards shot and killed the attacker.

And the driver of a vehicle in a car-ramming attack near Ramallah was killed after he injured one person.

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