Two British-Israeli sisters were killed and their mother was critically wounded on Friday in a Palestinian shooting attack in the Jordan Valley.
The sisters, aged 16 and 20, and their mother were on their way to an area known for hiking when they were shot at from a passing vehicle. They died at the scene.
The girls’ father, a British-born rabbi who has lived in north London, had been driving with two other children some way behind them in another car. Rescue teams were already present when he arrived at the scene of the attack.
Three Britons were also injured in a later fatal terrorist attack in Tel Aviv. Police said a car rammed into a number of foreign tourists standing outside a petrol station near the beach at about 9.45pm on Friday.
The Jordan Valley attack took place on the Route 57 highway near the Hamra Junction, the Israel Defense Forces said.
Magen David Adom emergency medical personnel pronounced two sisters in their 20s dead on the scene. The other victim, a woman in her 40s, was evacuated by helicopter to Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem’s Ein Kerem.
Israeli troops launched a manhunt for the terrorists.
The attack came after an Israeli soldier was wounded on Thursday night just north of Jerusalem when Palestinian gunmen opened fire at troops near the Geva Binyamin Junction. The soldier is in stable condition in the capital’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center.
Overnight Thursday, terrorists in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip fired 44 projectiles, including rockets and anti-aircraft missiles, towards southern Israel.
In response, Israel Air Force jets hit more than 10 Hamas targets in the Palestinian enclave, including weapons manufacturing sites and attack tunnels.
The military also struck Hamas assets in southern Lebanon, after the Palestinian terrorist group fired 34 rockets from the Hezbollah-controlled country towards northern Israel earlier Thursday.