Arab terrorists opened fire at homes in the central Shomron community of Shavei Shomron. No one was injured in the shooting attack. IDF soldiers returned fire and pursued the shooters. A search is currently on for the them.
That no one was injured does not make the incident any less severe, said Yossi Dagan, chairman of the Shomron Regional Council. “We thank Hashem for the tremendous miracle that took place here,” Dagan said in a conversation with IDF Shomron Division Commander Gilad Amit. “We appreciate the quick response of the security forces in defending the residents of Shomron, and of Israel in general,” Dagan added.
Meanwhile, hundreds of people came to daven at Kever Yosef on Monday night, accompanied security forces who fended off numerous Arab rioters who attempted to reach mispallelim. Anti-riot measures were used to disperse the crowds. Arabs have vandalized and set fire to Kever Yosef numerous times since the signing of the Oslo Accords, most notably in 2000, 2003, 2008, and 2014. Between 2003 and 2009, the site remained desolate, until Israel and the PA reached an accord on refurbishing the site in 2010. Jews are allowed into the site twice a month.
Overnight Monday, security officials said they arrested 13 wanted security suspects in other areas in Judea and Shomron. The suspects were wanted for participating in rioting and throwing stones and firebombs that endangered Israeli civilians and IDF soldiers. Several of the suspects were also charged with belonging to Hamas. All were being questioned on their activities by security forces.