Search underway for suspects after fatal West Bank shooting of Israeli rabbi

Search underway for suspects after fatal West Bank shooting of Israeli rabbi
From CBC - January 10, 2018

The Israeli military set up roadblocks, cordoned off Palestinian villages and deployed reinforcements to the West Bank on Wednesday, a day after an Israeli settler was killed in a drive-by shooting by suspected Palestinian gunmen.

Israeli troops have combed villages around the city of Nablus searching for the suspects in Tuesday's attack near the Havat Gilad settlement, a military statement said.

Raziel Shevah, described in local media reports as a rabbi, was shot multiple times from a passing vehicle and was hospitalized in critical condition. The 35-year-old later died of his wounds.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a statement vowing Israel's security services "would do everything possible in order to apprehend the despicable murderer."

The attack took place near Havat Gilad, an unauthorized Israeli settlement outpost near Nablus. The isolated community of a few hundred Israelis is located deep inside the West Bank.

Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman called for the unauthorized outpost to be retroactively recognized in response to the attack.

The Palestinian Islamic militant group Hamas praised the shooting as "heroic" but did not claim the attack.

U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman responded to Tuesday's attack on Twitter, writing that Shevah was "killed last night in cold blood by Palestinian terrorists."

"Hamas praises the killers and PA laws will provide them financial rewards. Look no further to why there is no peace," Friedman said.

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