31st August 2010
Four Israelis — including a pregnant woman — were killed Tuesday near Hebron in the West Bank in a shooting for which the militant wing of Hamas claimed responsibility, officials said.
The incident occurred near Bani Naim junction, the largely Palestinian territory where Jews have settled in places like Hebron, Israel Defense Forces spokeswoman Lt. Col. Avital Leibowitz said. The victims were in a car on Route 60, the IDF website said.
Guy Gonen, a paramedic who was one of the first people on the scene, said the car was sprayed with bullets.
Izzedin Al-Qassam Brigades — the military wing of Hamas — claimed “complete” responsibility for the attack, according to a statement on its website.
Abu Obeida, a spokesman for the group, confirmed responsibility for the attack in an interview with the Hamas radio station.
Sami Abu Zuhri, a Hamas spokesman in Gaza, congratulated the attackers, saying the attack was a normal reaction to what he called “the crime of occupation.” Hamas, which controls Gaza, opposes direct talks and the continued existence of Israel.
That’s some fine Religion o’ Peace you got there, Mohammed.