An American teenager was killed during an attack in the West Bank Thursday that killed three people. Ezra Schwartz was 18 years old and a recent high school graduate from Massachusetts who was spending the year studying at a religious school. According to the Israeli military, the Palestinian assailant fired shots from a car and then crashed the car into pedestrians. It was not immediately clear how Schwartz was killed, by the car or gunshots. A Palestinian and one Israeli were also killed; the gunman was arrested.
Here’s more on the attack from Haaretz:
According to Channel 2, Schwartz and other students from the yeshiva were in a minivan on their way to deliver snacks to Israel Defense Forces soldiers when a Palestinian motorist armed with an Uzi submachine gun opened fire toward cars near the settlement of Alon Shvut. Two other people, Shadi Arafa, 24, a Palestinian from Hebron, and Yaacov Don, 51, an Israeli from Alon Shvut, were killed in the attack. Five others were wounded.
There was another attack in Tel Aviv earlier Thursday; a Palestinian man stabbed three people in the city’s commercial district, killing two. “The two attacks, and the high number of fatalities, left Israelis on heightened alert,” according to NPR.