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Israel. West Bank bus attack injures 6 soldiers, civilians


Israeli army says Palestinian gunmen opened fire on bus in occupied West Bank, injuring six soldiers, one seriously, and one civilian

JERUSALEM — The Israeli army said Palestinian gunmen opened fire on a bus in the occupied West Bank on Sunday, injuring six soldiers, one seriously, and one civilian.

The Magen David Adom paramedic service said two people with gunshot wounds were airlifted to a hospital in Haifa.

The Israeli army said it apprehended two Palestinians suspected of carrying out the midday attack on a major West Bank highway.

The suspects fled the scene in their vehicle, which caught fire shortly after the shooting, security camera footage released by Israeli media appears to show. The men got out of the burning vehicle and were later apprehended. It is not known what caused the fire in the vehicle.

Defense Minister Benny Gantz said Israeli security forces “got hold of the suspects in a quick and professional operation.”

The attack took place on Route 90, the main north-south highway that crosses the Jordan Valley in the West Bank. The road is dotted with Israeli settlements and Palestinian villages and towns.

Israel captured the West Bank in the 1967 Middle East War and built dozens of settlements in the territory. Most of the international community views the settlements as illegal and an obstacle to peace with the Palestinians, who seek the territory as the heart of a future state.

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