Two Israelis killed, third wounded, in West Bank shooting

According to Hebrew-language news outlets, that 23-year-old Ashraf Naalwa, resident from the northern West Bank, used a Carl Gustaf rifle to carry out the shooting attack.

Israel's national ambulance service said a man and two women were shot in the attack in area, where almost 5,000 Palestinians are employed in Israeli-owned businesses.

The woman, 54, was taken to hospital, where her condition was stabilised.

Israeli media said the shooter was a former Palestinian worker from the West Bank city of Tulkarem.

On Sunday morning, Na'alwa arrived to the offices of the Alon Group factory in the Barkan industrial zone armed with an illegally manufactured Carlo-style submachine gun. The Israeli Defense Forces said they are investigating how the suspect was able to bring a weapon into the industrial park.

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 industrial zone is located next to the Israeli settlement Barkan and near the settlement of Ariel in the north of the West Bank. Closed-circuit footage from the scene showed a man holding a handgun and wearing a backpack, fleeing down a flight of stairs and then dashing past stunned onlookers.

Police initially suspected that the shooting may have been a revenge attack on the man's employers, but army spokesperson Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus later called it a "terrorist attack" adding that other unspecified factors were involved.

"I am certain that they will apprehend him and I am also certain that we will deal with him to the fullest extent of the law and quickly", Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the start of his weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem.

Barkan industrial park is next to the settlement of Barkan and was established in the early 1980s.

  • Joey Payne