Israel clamps down on West Bank after settler killed

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military set up roadblocks, cordoned off Palestinian villages and deployed reinforcements to the West Bank yesterday, a day after an Israeli settler was killed in a drive-by shooting by suspected Palestinian gunmen.

Israeli troops have combed villages around the city of Nablus searching for the suspects in Tuesday’s attack near the Havat Gilad settlement, a military statement said.

In the attack, Raziel Shevah, 35, was shot multiple times from a passing vehicle and was hospitalised in critical condition. He later died of his wounds.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a statement vowing Israel’s security services “would do everything possible in order to apprehend the despicable murderer and the state of Israel will carry out justice against him”.

A Palestinian protester burn tyres following protests against US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, January 9. – AP

The attack took place near Havat Gilad, an unauthorised Israeli settlement outpost near Nablus. The isolated community of a few hundred Israelis is located deep inside the West Bank.

Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman called for the unauthorised outpost to be retroactively recognised in response to the attack.

The Palestinian extremist group Hamas praised the shooting as “heroic” but did not take credit for the attack.

US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman responded to Tuesday’s attack on Twitter, writing that Shevah was “killed last night in cold blood by Palestinian terrorists”.