Moshe Moreno 311.
(photo credit: Channel 10)
A husband and wife who were wounded in a shooting attack on Wednesday night in
the West Bank escaped death when one of the attackers’ guns jammed and they were
able to hide in a nearby ditch.
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Ma’aleh Efrayim resident Moshe Moreno
told Army Radio on Thursday that he and his wife, Shira, were driving on Route
60 when a car pulled up behind them and began “riding his bumper.”
said he waved to the driver, signaling him to pass, and “then we took a turn and
the car passed us and opened fire.”
The terrorists sprayed the car with
automatic rifle fire and the vehicle spun out of control, overturning on
side of the road.
The attackers approached the car when suddenly, amid
the hail of gunfire, one of their rifles malfunctioned, and the Morenos
able to escape.
“One of the guns jammed and we took the chance to roll
out of the car and take cover,” Moshe said.
The Morenos hid in a ditch
and called police, who rushed to the scene to search for the
Moreno added that he and his wife, who was lightly wounded,
were lucky that the shooting took place as they were driving on an
saying that if the gunmen had attacked as they were heading downhill
probably have plunged off the road to their deaths.
Speaking from his
hospital bed, where he was being treated for a gunshot wound to the
Moreno told Channel 2 that as the gunmen passed his car they “opened
at most, one meter away. Luckily, I was only hit in the shoulder.”
incident was the second in two days in the West Bank, both claimed by
a terror attack outside Kiryat Arba on Tuesday night, gunmen riddled a
bullets, killing four residents of the settlement of Beit Hagai.
after that shooting, paramedics rushed to the scene, including Zaka
recovery organization volunteer Maimon Even-Haim, whose wife, Kochava,
the four victims.
Even-Haim’s friends in the rescue unit tried to keep
him from reaching the car where his wife lay mortally wounded, but he
Speaking to Channel 2 on Wednesday, Even-Haim said, “She
looked so beautiful, so pure. I kept telling her, I’m here, I’m here,
Even-Haim said his colleagues told him his wife died
instantly, but when he arrived he could tell that “she didn’t. I saw her
and could tell she didn’t die right away.”
A Palestinian Authority
security source said on Thursday that its men had seized the car used in
Beit Hagai attack.
The source said that the car was found in Hebron and
that the PA security forces were now questioning several suspects linked
The source refused to comment on reports that the PA has
arrested two men suspected of involvement in the attack.
The PA security
forces have arrested more than 300 Palestinians from different parts of
Bank since the attack.
The crackdown has been described as the largest
security operation by the PA since its inception.
announced that the number of those arrested by the PA in the past 48
reached 550. It said another 1,500 Palestinians suspected of affiliation
Hamas had been summoned for interrogation by the various branches of the
Hamas said that the detainees included prominent
political figures, physicians, engineers, university students, former
prisoners who were released from Israeli jails, and relatives and
Hamas legislators living in the West Bank.
Eyewitnesses told The
that the Fatah-dominated security forces also rounded up
worshipers as they emerged from mosques following evening prayers in