West Bank: Four wounded by shots fired at Israeli bus in Jordan Valley

Israeli media reported on Sunday a shooting towards an Israeli bus in the Jordan Valley in the West Bank.

Magen David Adom (MDA) medics and paramedics are providing medical attention to the two gunshot wounds, who are believed to be in moderate condition and fully conscious.

Two other people on the bus were slightly injured by shards of glass. The injured were evacuated by helicopter to Ha’Emek Hospital in Afula.

“We saw two gunshot victims outside the bus who were being treated by Israeli military medics and others who were at the scene,” said Matti Carmi, Senior MDA EMT. “One is a 60-year-old man and the other is a younger man. They were fully aware and communicating with us.”

Following the incident, which happened on Route 508 near Hamra settlement, Route 57 and Alon Road were closed to traffic.

The bus was reportedly hit by bullets from a passing car, with the attackers fleeing shortly after. Unconfirmed reports also indicate that the attacker threw Molotov cocktails at the bus.

National Association of Bus DriversBullet holes in the windshield of an Israeli bus in the Jordan Valley in the northern West Bank on September 4, 2022.

It comes amid rising tensions in the West Bank, as the Israeli military continues Operation Break the Tide, which was launched after 19 people were killed in terror attacks across Israel and the West Bank.

The previous night, the Israeli army arrested three suspects wanted throughout the West Bank.

On Saturday, US Under Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Barbara Leaf reportedly expressed concern to Israeli officials over the escalation in the West Bank caused by the arrests. According to the report, Israel responded that it did not want the security situation to deteriorate and that is why it was making arrests.