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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - At least three people were wounded, including two critically, in a shooting incident on Sunday near the Israeli town of Ariel in West Bank, Israel's national ambulance service said.

    "Upon arriving to the scene we saw 3 victims with gunshot wounds lying on the ground, 2 of which a man and woman approximately 30 years old were unresponsive with gunshot wounds to their bodies, and a 54 year old woman was found fully responsive with gunshot wounds to her upper body. We provided life saving treatment and evacuated the 54 year old woman to the hospital in serious yet stable condition," Magen David Adom said on Twitter.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu extended condolences to the families of victims.

    "This was a very severe terrorist attack, in which two Israelis were brutally murdered and a citizen was also wounded. The security forces are in pursuit of the reprehensible murderer. I am certain that they will apprehend him and I am also certain that we will deal with him to the fullest extent of the law and quickly. On behalf of myself and all government ministers I would like to send condolences to the families of the two people who were murdered and our hopes and prayers for a swift recovery for the woman who was wounded," Netanyahu at the cabinet meeting.

    According to Haaretz newspaper, the attacker is a Palestinian man, who previously worked at a local factory and opened fire on his ex-colleagues. About 5,000 Palestinians are reportedly employed in Israeli-owned businesses in this industrial area.

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    According to Haaretz newspaper, the incident took place at the Barkan industrial area.

    Israeli security services have arrived at the scene to investigate the incident, while the shooter reportedly fled the scene.


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