A Palestinian opened fire An Israeli military outpost in East Jerusalem A female Israeli soldier was killed and three others wounded Saturday night, Israeli officials said.
The attack came hours after a pair of Palestinian teenagers were killed in an Israeli army raid in the occupied West Bank.
It was the latest bloodshed in the region’s deadliest fighting in seven years. It also came less than 24 hours before Israel began celebrating the week-long Sukkot holiday, when thousands of Jews visit the holy city.
The shooting took place Saturday night near the Shuafat refugee camp in East Jerusalem. Police said the assailant got out of the car and opened fire, seriously injuring a woman constable and a security guard before fleeing the camp. The army announced the death of a 19-year-old woman early Sunday morning.
Police said two members of the paramilitary Border Police unit sustained minor injuries from shrapnel.
Police said they were looking for the attacker, with special forces and a helicopter involved in the search. Police said early Sunday that they had arrested a man on suspicion of involvement in the attack, but the search continued.
“Tonight our hearts are with the wounded and their families,” Prime Minister Yair Lapid said. “Terrorism will not defeat us. We are strong even in this difficult evening. “
Israel captured East Jerusalem in the 1967 Middle East War and annexed the area in a move not recognized internationally. It considers the entire city, including East Jerusalem, home to the city’s most important holy sites, as its capital. Palestinians consider East Jerusalem to be the capital of a future state.
Israel has been conducting daily arrest raids in the already occupied West Bank since a series of Palestinian attacks in Israel. Most of the military activity is concentrated in the Palestinian cities of Jenin and Nablus in the northern West Bank.
Earlier on Saturday, Israeli forces shot and killed two Palestinian teenagers during an arrest raid in the Jenin refugee camp, the site of frequent clashes between Israeli forces and local gunmen and residents. This camp is known as a stronghold of Palestinian terrorists.
Palestinian officials said the soldiers entered the camp A house was besieged in the early hours of Saturday morning. In videos circulating on social media, gunfire can be heard being exchanged. The Palestinian Ministry of Health reported two dead and 11 wounded, three of them seriously.
The Palestinian Ministry of Health identified the dead as Mahmoud al-Sous (18) and Ahmed Daraghmeh (16).
The Israeli military said it had arrested a 25-year-old activist from the Islamic Jihad militant group who had previously been jailed by Israel. It said the man had recently been involved in shooting attacks on Israeli soldiers.
It said soldiers opened fire during the raid when dozens of Palestinians threw explosives and shot at them.
Before noon, Israeli forces withdrew from the area.
The killing came a day after two Palestinian youths, aged 14 and 17, were killed by Israeli gunfire in separate incidents elsewhere in the occupied West Bank. Rights groups allege that the Israeli military has used excessive force in its dealings with Palestinians, without holding them accountable. This is what the Israeli army says Firing is done only in life-threatening situations.
Israel says it has been forced to take action because Palestinian security forces, which coordinate with the military in a strained coalition against Islamic militants, are unable or unwilling to break out. Palestinian security forces say military raids have eroded their credibility and public support, especially in the absence of any political process. The last round of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks ended in 2009.
Israel says most of those killed were militants. However, local youths protesting the attack and some civilians have also been killed in the violence. Hundreds have been rounded up, many in so-called administrative detention, which allows Israel to hold them without trial or charge. More than 100 Palestinians have been killed in the fighting this year.
Violence has also escalated as frustration and anger among young Palestinians has grown over tight security coordination between Israel and the internationally-backed Palestinian Authority, which work together to capture terrorists.
UN Middle East Envoy Tor Wensland He was frightened by the increasing bloodshed. “The escalating violence in the occupied West Bank is creating a climate of fear, hatred and anger,” he said in a statement, calling for steps to ease tensions and revive the political process.
Israel captured the West Bank in the 1967 Middle East War, and 500,000 Jewish settlers now live in about 130 settlements and other outposts among about 3 million Palestinians. The Palestinians want that territory, along with East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip, for their future state.