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Violent incident at Gan Shmuel in northern Israel where one person was killed

IDF Soldier Killed During Violent Criminal Shootings across Israel

Two people were killed and another four were injured in separate incidents across Israel on Wednesday, August 16, at around 8 p.m. One of those killed was later revealed to be a 21-year-old IDF soldier. The soldier, who was a resident of Petah Tikva, was shot to death in his car in Jaljulia.

The 21-year-old was taken to the Meir Medical Center in Kfar Saba in critical condition, but the medical staff there had to pronounce him dead, Jewish media reported. A 15-year-old was also slightly injured in the incident.

Furthermore, a 17-year-old was killed and another three people were injured in a violent incident and what is also suspected to be an assassination on Highway 65 near Gan Shmuel, according to Israeli media. Israel Police reported that the incident took place inside a vehicle and the details are being investigated.

The targets of the assassination are apparently a father and son, Avi and Yarin Biton, two criminals known to the police. The two had previously served prison sentences for their role in the "bloody wedding" in which a resident of Pardes Hanna was stabbed to death in 2016.

Police stated in both incidents that the attacks were criminal in nature rather than terror attacks. Police are currently looking for suspects behind both attacks. (JPost / VFI News)

“God, we ask You to bring comfort to the loved ones of the young people who were killed. May the police forces find the culprits and prevent them from harming any more citizens. We pray for the quick recovery of all the injured and we pray that the attackers will receive justice.”