Three Israelis wounded in West Bank drive-by shooting

Nablus (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) –


Three Israelis were wounded Sunday in a drive-by shooting in the occupied West Bank, medics and the army said, with Defence Minister Benny Gantz blaming "terrorists" for the attack.

The attack, which took place at a bus station at Tapuah junction south of Nablus, bore the hallmark of Palestinian militants.

"A suspicious vehicle arrived at the junction and fired towards Israeli civilians who were present at the scene," the army said in a statement.

"IDF troops responded with fire towards the suspicious vehicle which escaped the scene," the army added.

Israel's emergency medical service Magen David Adom said it had treated three people in their 20s and evacuated them to hospital, one in critical condition, one seriously wounded and another lightly wounded.

The army said its forces had "blocked off a number of routes and are currently pursuing the suspicious vehicle".

Gantz, who was briefed on the incident, said security forces will not rest "until they apprehended the terrorists behind the attack", his office said in a statement.

Earlier Sunday, a Palestinian woman was seriously wounded at the Gush Etzion junction in the southern West Bank after approaching Israeli soldiers with a knife.

Video footage showed the soldiers repeatedly calling on her to stop, before shooting her.