Israel’s military has blocked all entry and exit points to the Palestinian city of Ramallah after two Israelis were killed in an attack in the West Bank.
The move comes after a Palestinian gunman opened fire on a roadway on Thursday morning, killing two Israelis and leaving another two critically injured. The IDF believes that the attacker then fled the scene by car, driving somewhere near Ramallah.
BREAKING: A Palestinian opened fire at a bus stop killing 2 Israelis, severely injuring 1 & injuring others at Asaf Junction, north of Jerusalem. We are searching for the terrorist. We will find him. pic.twitter.com/6dKhUXUsrT
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) December 13, 2018
An IDF spokesman confirmed the blockade on Ramallah, adding that the IDF has sent reinforcements to the area.
Ramallah serves as the de-facto administrative capital for the Palestinian National Authority.
The escalation comes on the heels of a string of violence and IDF operations in the area. On Wednesday, Israeli troops killed a man near Ramallah. He was suspected of carrying out a drive-by shooting that targeted a Jewish settlement, wounding at least six and resulting in the death of an infant.
Earlier in the week, Israeli troops raided a Palestinian news agency in search of security footage. The Israeli soldiers fired tear gas into the agency’s building during the raid.
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