According to Israel Defense Force soldiers, Israeli soldiers on Tuesday prevented a terrorist attack on a military checkpoint on Mount Gerizim in northern Samaria.
According to the IDF, three terrorists arrived at the checkpoint by car from nearby Shechem (Nablus) and started shooting at the soldiers guarding it from a distance of about 330 feet.
According to claims in Israeli media, the soldiers retaliated by firing, killing all three of the attackers.
The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) did not immediately confirm the media claims, stating in its statement merely that the terrorists had been “neutralized.”
The IDF reported that they discovered several weapons in the terrorists’ vehicle, including three M-16 rifles, a handgun, ammo, and military gear. Israel suffered no reported casualties.
Only 1,000 Samaritans live in the small Samaritan settlement on Mount Gerizim. The Samaritans, who are not Jews but follow a religion resembling Judaism based solely on the written Five Books of Moses, think they are descended from the “lost” northern tribes of ancient Israel.
Palestinians have repeatedly attacked the group over the years.
A firebomb was thrown at an Israeli citizen’s car in Judea’s Mount Hebron region hours before this event.
The car was entirely damaged, but the driver managed to flee unharmed. Terrorists from the Palestinian Authority attacked an Israeli bus in Samaria on Monday night as well.
Terrorists fired at least eight rounds at the bus as it passed through Huwara village near Shechem (Nablus), the IDF said.
There were no reported injuries; however, the bulletproof car was damaged.