Israeli authorities have arrested at least three Palestinians in connection to a deadly attack on an Israeli military checkpoint Saturday evening.
Israeli police are still conducting a manhunt for the suspected gunman in Saturday’s attack, which killed an 18-year-old female soldier and left three others wounded. Israeli Defense Forces have identified the deceased soldier as Noa Lazar.
“Our hearts tonight are with the wounded and their families,” said Prime Minister Yair Lapid. “Terrorism will not defeat us. We are also strong on this difficult evening.”
“We will not be silent, and we will not rest until we bring the abominable killers to justice,” he added.
Israeli security forces patrol next to the scene of a shooting attack near the Shuafat refugee camp in Jerusalem, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022. Israeli police say armed assailants have opened fire at an Israeli military checkpoint in east Jerusalem, seriously wounding at least two people. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)
Armed Palestinians carry the body of Mahmoud Al-Sous, covered with a flag of the Islamic Jihad militant group during his funeral in the West Bank town of Jenin, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022. Israeli soldiers shot and killed two Palestinians on Saturday in an exchange of fire that erupted during a military raid in the West Bank. (AP Photo/ Majdi Mohammed)
Tensions have risen in Israel and the West Bank in the days since the end of the Jewish Yom Kippur holiday. Four Palestinian teenagers have been killed in Israeli operations in the West Bank since Friday.
Two of the teenagers were killed during an exchange of fire with Israeli forces earlier Saturday. IDF soldiers reportedly surrounded a house in the West Bank in an effort to capture a member of the Islamic Jihad militant group. The Palestinian Health Ministry identified the dead as Mahmoud al-Sous, 18, and Ahmad Daraghmeh, 16.
Israeli security forces gather during clashes with Palestinian demonstrators at the Al Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem’s Old City Friday, April 15, 2022. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)
(AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)
Israel has occupied the West Bank since 1967.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.