An Israeli man was shot and seriously wounded, and his two daughters were slightly wounded in a Palestinian drive-by shooting near the Tekoa junction in the Gush Etzion area, south of Jerusalem, on Sunday. According to the Israel Defense Forces, a terrorist began firing from a passing vehicle at the victim’s car on a highway about 15 kilometres (9 mi) south of Jerusalem. Magen David Adom emergency medical personnel treated a 30-year-old man at the scene for a gunshot wound to the upper body. He was taken to Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center in serious but stable condition.
Magen David Adom is Israel’s national emergency medical, disaster, ambulance and blood bank service. Paramedics also treated two girls, aged nine and 14, who were injured by flying glass, according to the MDA. “We arrived at the scene within minutes and saw a lot of commotion,” said Nathanael Rabi, a senior doctor at Magen David Adom. “A 35-year-old man was lying on the road, while he was conscious and had gunshot wounds on his body. We administered his medical treatment in cooperation with the IDF medical force and transported him to the hospital in an MDA intensive care vehicle when his condition was critical and stable. Two other injured people who were roaming around the place received minor shrapnel injuries and were taken to the hospital for medical treatment.
The man was taken to Jerusalem’s Shaarei Zedek Medical Center, which said the man was conscious and in stable condition with a gunshot wound to his upper body. The army said in a statement that Israeli forces have launched a search for the terrorist, who fled in a car. The Prime Minister’s Office said that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who was hospitalized in Tel Aviv overnight due to dehydration, was briefed about the attack. “We wish a speedy recovery to all the injured persons and encourage the security forces, who will soon nab the despicable terrorists and settle scores with them. We will not bow down to terrorists who want to shed the blood of Jews and drive us out of our country,” said Shlomo Neiman, mayor of the Gush Etzion Regional Council and chairman of the Yesha Council.