Shots fired at Israeli vehicles on road between Palestinian town of Bayt Furik, settlement of Elon Moreh; security forces search for suspects; armed faction claims responsibility

A taxi that was apparently hit by gunfire on a West Bank road, October 2, 2022. (Samaria Regional Council)
A taxi that was apparently hit by gunfire on a West Bank road, October 2, 2022. (Samaria Regional Council)


An Israeli man was lightly injured when gunmen opened fire toward vehicles on a West Bank road on Sunday morning, the military and medics said.

The injured man, 40, was driving a taxi along Route 555 between the Palestinian town of Bayt Furik and the settlement of Elon Moreh.

The Rescuers Without Borders emergency service said the injured man was hit in the back by shrapnel after a bullet hit the taxi.

The Israel Defense Forces said he was able to reach a nearby army base where he received medical treatment.

A bus driver reported that the windshield of his vehicle was hit by a bullet in the same area. There were no injuries on the bus.

Video circulating on social media apparently showed the moment the bus was targeted.

Security forces closed the road and began searching the area for the gunmen.

An armed Palestinian faction calling itself “Lion’s Den” claimed responsibility for the shooting in a statement.

The group — based in Nablus’ old city — was established in recent months by members of various terror groups. Some of its members were apparently previously affiliated with the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade and Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

Lion’s Den is tied to Ibrahim Nabulsi, a Palestinian gunman who was killed in an Israeli raid in Nablus last month.

It has claimed responsibility for numerous attacks in the northern West Bank in recent weeks.

The shooting came amid a surge in violence in the West Bank.

Palestinian gunmen in recent months have targeted military posts, troops operating along the West Bank security barrier, Israeli settlements and civilians on the roads.

The shooting came hours after a Palestinian was shot dead by Israeli security forces on Saturday in a West Bank town near Jerusalem as he allegedly attempted to hurl Molotov cocktails, Israeli and Palestinian officials said.

Police said officers were in the area to respond to a violent riot, which included Palestinians hurling explosive devices, firebombs and stones at forces.

In the pre-dawn hours of Saturday, Palestinian gunmen opened fire at Israeli troops operating near the village of Burqa, and at the settlement of Beit El in a separate incident, the IDF said.

The Israel Defense Forces and police have been on heightened alert since last week amid the Jewish holiday season, with tensions already high due to an Israeli anti-terror offensive that has seen over 100 Palestinians killed and more than 2,000 arrested in nightly raids in the West Bank.

Israeli troops have also repeatedly come under gunfire during nightly raids in Palestinian cities in the West Bank.

The military launched the arrest operations after a series of attacks that killed 19 people between mid-March and the beginning of May.

As reported by The Times of Israel