On May 2, 2021, two British-Israeli sisters were fatally shot in a terrorist attack in the West Bank. The sisters, aged 19 and 21, were visiting a natural spring near the Jewish settlement of Ein Bubin when they were attacked by a Palestinian gunman. The attack has been condemned by the Israeli government and has reignited tensions between Israelis and Palestinians in the region.
The attack is believed to have been carried out by a lone gunman, who fled the scene after the shooting. Israeli security forces launched a manhunt for the attacker and arrested several suspects in the days following the attack. The Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has vowed to bring the perpetrator to justice and has called on the international community to condemn the attack.
The attack has been widely condemned by world leaders, including the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. The Palestinian Authority has also condemned the attack, calling it “a heinous crime” and expressing condolences to the victims’ families. However, Hamas, the Palestinian militant group that controls the Gaza Strip, has praised the attack, calling it “heroic” and a “natural response” to Israeli “crimes” against Palestinians.
The attack has once again highlighted the ongoing conflict between Israelis and Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The region has seen a surge in violence in recent weeks, with clashes between Israeli security forces and Palestinian protesters in Jerusalem and rocket attacks from Gaza into Israel. The international community has called for calm and a return to negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians to resolve the long-standing conflict.