Palestinian gunman kills three Israeli guards at West Bank settlement

The police statement did not elaborate on the identities of the Israeli casualties.

FILE: A separation barrier under construction by the state of Israel created to keep Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied territories of the West Bank and Gaza out of Israel. Picture: Wikimedia Commons

HAR ADAR, West Bank – A Palestinian gunman killed three Israeli guards and wounded a fourth in an attack on a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday before he was shot dead, a police spokesperson said.

She said the gunman approached Har Adar as part of a group of Palestinians who work at the settlement and aroused the suspicion of private guards and paramilitary Israeli police posted at the entrance checkpoint.

Challenged to halt, the Palestinian “opened his shirt, drew a pistol and fired at the security staff and troopers at close range”, said the police spokesperson. She provided a handout photograph of his small-calibre firearm and two bullet clips.

The police statement did not elaborate on the identities of the Israeli casualties. It said the slain gunman, from the nearby Palestinian village of Beit Suriq, had an Israeli work permit.