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Four Israelis killed in West Bank shooting attack

Only one day after the deadly clashes in Jenin between IDF forces and Palestinians, four Israelis were killed and four wounded in a shooting attack near the Eli West Bank settlement.
An Israeli soldier gestures at the scene of an attack near the Jewish settlement of Eli.

Four Israelis were killed and four injured, one of them critically, in a shooting attack Tuesday afternoon at a gas station outside of the West Bank settlement of Eli.

At least two Palestinians were involved in the shooting. According to preliminary reports about the incident, the two attackers arrived at the gate of the Eli settlement in a black Chevy and fired at the guard. They continued to the gas station nearby, where they shot and killed one civilian. After that, one of the assailants entered the restaurant in the gas station and fired again, killing three civilians. A person present at the restaurant fired back at the assilant and killed him. 

The second attacker escaped in a stolen vehicle toward Nablus and was killed by Border Police officers near the village of Tubas. 

Gaza-based Hamas praised the attack, though it did not take responsibility for it. Hamas spokesman Abdul Latif al-Qanoua released a statement on Tuesday celebrating the attack, calling it a "heroic operation" in response to the "Zionist occupation's aggression against Jenin." It also condemned Israel’s "continued assaults" against Al-Aqsa Mosque, among other things. 

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