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Lod resident Rina Shenrav, 17, succumbs to mortal wounds caused when explosive device detonates as the family was visiting the Danny Spring near Dolev. Shenrav’s father, 46, and 19-year-old brother rushed to Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center in Jerusalem in serious condition. PM Netanyahu calls security consultation, says Israel “will find these heinous terrorists. We will strike our enemy down.”
JERUSALEM, Israel – an enormous search is underway on Friday when a teenaged girl was killed while her father and brother seriously hurt in an explosion close to a water spring by the Dolev settlement community in the West Bank.
Rina Shnerb, 17, was critically wounded and pronounced dead on the scene after paramedics worked desperately to save her life. Her father, Rabbi Eitan, 46, and brother Dvir, 19, were evacuated in a military helicopter to Hadassah Ein Karem hospital.
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin identified grieved the teen’s death and asked for prayers.
“This was an [despicable] attack against innocent individuals going about their daily lives in peace,” he said.
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to pursue and apprehend the “abhorrent terrorists.”
Paramedic Shlomo Perl was one of the first people to treat the family.
“When we arrived at the scene what we saw was horrifying,” he said “We saw 3 injured laying on the ground. A 46-year old man, fully conscious, had sustained injuries to his upper body. Next to him was a 20-year old man with injuries to his upper limbs and upper body and a 17-year old teenager with multi-system trauma.”
“We administered initial medical checks and provided them with life-saving treatment including stopping injury and medications. We evacuated the 46-year-old and 20-year-old man via the MICU and evacuated them to a military chopper that landed nearby, which took them to the hospital” Perl added.
The Israel Defense Forces said the explosion was “a serious terror attack”, the Times of Israel reports. Security services say a suspicious vehicle fled the area after the explosion.
An army spokesperson said an improvised explosive device killed Shnerb and injured her father and brother. Investigators determined the device was planted in the spring earlier and was set off when the family approached it.
Meanwhile, the military is looking for whoever is responsible.
“IDF soldiers are searching the area,” the military said.
Israeli officials do not know if a terror group is responsible for the attack or if the perpetrators acted independently.
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The attack occurred at the Bubin spring, a well-liked hiking spot in Israel.
Last Friday, a Palestinian terrorist rammed his car into two Israeli teens outside the Elazar settlement community. One of the teens was critically injured.
The terrorist was shot dead at the scene.
Mohamad Torokman Security forces and emergency medical personnel were at the scene of the suspected IED bombing near Dolev on Friday after initial reports of the explosion were received, and a large contingent of security forces fanned out in the area following reports of a car that was seen driving away from the scene of the blast.
Security forces were sweeping the area for suspects, with a focus on the area around Ramallah.
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Residents of Dolev were under orders from security officials to remain indoors and report any suspicious activity.
In an interview to Channel 12 News, Habayit Hayehudi MK Moti Yogev, a resident of Dolev, described the spring as “full of life” and flowing water all year round, even in the summer.
Yogev said that hundreds of Israelis visit the spring, as well as the many other springs throughout Judea and Samaria, on Fridays and holidays. Israelis who visit the area are usually instructed to arm themselves and inform security forces of their destination.
“But the Arabs show up and bring death to a place full of life. No Jew has ever attacked an Arab there,” Yogev said.
Israel must strengthen its deterrence by strengthening settlements, Yogev said.
Yisrael Gantz, head of the Binyamin Regional Council, spoke to Israeli media at the scene of the attack and called on Israel to apply sovereignty in Judea and Samaria.