An American in his 20s was killed in a shooting on Monday in the eastern West Bank, close to the Palestinian city of Jericho. This was the most recent incident in a string of increasing Israeli-Palestinian attacks.
Tom Nides, the U.S. ambassador to Israel, recognized the victim as an American citizen.
“Unfortunately, I can report that one of tonight’s terrorist assaults in the West Bank resulted in the death of an American citizen. I send my family my prayers,” Nides tweeted.
According to Israeli accounts, the gunmen pulled up to the man’s car and opened fire, gravely wounding him. They also fired at other automobiles.
There were no other recorded injuries. The shooters reportedly abandoned their vehicle and set it ablaze, according to the Israel Police.
The shooting occurred a day after a Palestinian gunman killed two Israelis passing through the Palestinian settlement of Huwara in the northern West Bank.
Settlers later rioted in Huwara, burning houses and cars. During the rioting, at least one Palestinian was killed.
In sum, more than a dozen Israelis, mostly civilians, have been killed in Palestinian terror strikes since the start of 2023.
Israel carried out military attacks against militant cells in the West Bank during that time, killing more than 60 Palestinians, including several civilians.
Sadly, I can confirm that a U.S. citizen was killed in one of the terror attacks in the West Bank tonight. I pray for his family.
— Ambassador Tom Nides (@USAmbIsrael) February 27, 2023