Seventeen-year-old Rina Shnerb, Hy”d, was murdered Friday morning when a terrorist threw a hand grenade or bomb from a passing vehicle at bathers in a spring outside the town of Dolev in Shomron. Her father, Rabbi Eitan, 46, and brother, Dvir, 19, were also wounded in the attack. They were treated at the scene by rescue personnel and taken by helicopter to Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital in Yerushalayim for further treatment.
A Hadassah Ein Kerem spokesperson said the father was in moderate, stable condition, while his son, who sustained injuries throughout his body, including to his stomach, from the blast, was unconscious and connected to a respirator.
The levayah of Rina was held Friday at the Lod cemetery.
Rabbi Eitan Shnerb, the founder of Talmud Torah Hagar’in HaTorani in Lod, spoke at the levayah via telephone from his hospital bed, The Times of Israel reported.
“We are trying to be strong here in the Land of Israel, the people of Israel, Rina believed in that,” said Rabbi Shnerb. “Our response to the murderers is that we are here and we are strong and we will prevail.”
Shmulik Shinhav, one of Rina’s uncles, told reporters that Rabbi Shnerb, a medic, had treated his children following the attack despite himself being injured.
Shinav said Rabbi Shnerb tried to resuscitate Rina, and used his tzitzis as a tourniquet for Dvir.
IDF soldiers were in the area Friday, searching for the perpetrators. Soldiers were searching on foot, and IDF helicopters were searching from the air. Residents of the region were asked to remain in their homes as the search ensued.
Palestinian media reported that IDF forces had set up roadblocks and were conducting searches in the western Ramallah area, southeast of Dolev.
Commenting on the attack, United Right List MK and Dolev resident Moti Yogev said that “in a place where Jews seek out water and life, the Arabs seek death and murder. To stop the wave of terror attacks and to save lives, we must strengthen our rule in Yehudah and Shomron, to kill the heads of terror in a way that will deter attacks, and strengthen Jewish settlement.”
The blast occurred at the Ein Bubin spring, south of Dolev, approximately 6 miles east of Modiin.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is to hold security consultations with defense establishment following the fatal attack.
All are asked to daven for the refuah sheleimah of Eitan ben Chanah and Dvir Chaim ben Shirah Esther.
Updated Friday, August 23, 2019 at 12:03 pm .