Two British-Israeli sisters from Efrat, Eretz Yisroel, were killed in a brutal terrorist shooting in the Jordan Valley on Friday, which also left their mother in critical condition. In a separate attack, an Italian tourist was killed in Tel Aviv.
Yeshiva World News
Two Israeli sisters, ages 15 and 20, from Efrat in Gush Etzion were murdered and their mother, 48, was critically injured in a shooting attack on Friday morning in the Jordan Valley in northern Israel.
The terrorists shot at a car and the driver tried to continue driving and flee the scene but they chased after her. She lost control of the wheel and smashed into a Palestinian truck. The terrorists then shot the victims from close range at least 22 times from a Kalashnikov type of rifle.
The father of the family, who was driving in a separate car with his two younger children on the way to a Chol Hamoed trip, heard about the attack on the radio. He turned around and reached the scene of the attack, where he was told the bitter news.
MDA paramedics who arrived at the scene initially believed they were responding to a car accident but then saw bullet holes in the car and wounds on the victims.
MDA paramedics pronounced the death of the two sisters at the scene and administered emergency medical aid to the mother. She was then airlifted by helicopter to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem, where doctors are fighting for her life.
The attack occurred at the Hamra Junction, near the Israel town of Hamra. A large number of police forces launched a manhunt for the terrorists, who fled the scene.
On Motzei Shabbos, the victims were identified as Rina, 15, hy’d, and Maya, 20, h’yd, Dee. The Dee family made aliyah from the UK several years ago. The levaya is scheduled to take place on Sunday at 5 p.m. to allow time for relatives from the UK to arrive in Israel.
An update from Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital on Motzei Shabbos said that the mother Leah (Lucy) is still in critical condition and the staff is fighting for her life. She is sedated and ventilated in the ICU unit after undergoing emergency surgery.
The public is asked to daven for a refuah sheleimah for Leah bas Tziporah b’toch sha’ar cholei Yisrael.
In a separate incident, a tourist from Italy was killed and seven others visitors were injured when a 45-year-old terrorist rammed his car into people strolling on a promenade near the seashore in Tel Aviv.
The victim was identified as Alessandro Parini, a 35-year-old lawyer from Rome. The other victims were tourists from Italy and the United Kingdom. Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni expressed her solidarity with Israel following the “cowardly attack” in Tel Aviv.