Shooting attack near illegal settlement leaves 2 Israelis dead

The other woman shot in the incident was taken to hospital, where doctors said her injuries were not life-threatening.

The source said PA security officials believe Na'alwa would be more willing to surrender to Palestinian forces thinking they would be less eager to turn him over to Israel or out of fear that he would be killed during Israeli attempts to apprehend him.

"IDF and Shin Bet troops will continue to work to catch the terrorist and to preserve the security of the region's residents, with an increased operational and intelligence effort", the army said.

Security forces were searching for the suspected perpetrator, Conricus said.

Palestinians work side by side with Israelis in the industrial zone. It identified the gunman as a 23-year-old Palestinian from a West Bank village and said he was still at large.

The Palestinian used a homemade gun in the attack, known locally as a Carlo, according to Conricus. As of now we know nothing about the circumstances.

Hamas, the militant group that controls the Gaza Strip - the other main Palestinian territory - called the attack a "heroic operation". 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.

Speaking at the beginning of the weekly cabinet meeting, Benjamin Netanyahu called the shooting "a very severe terror attack".

The industrial zone is located next to the Israeli settlement Barkan and near the settlement of Ariel in the north of the West Bank.

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

The Israeli army spokesperson released a statement saying, "The circumstances leading to the incident are still being investigated, and all angles are being examined".

  • Rogelio Becker