Hamas Claims Responsibility for Shvut Rachel Shooting

The Al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Palestinian terror group Hamas, has claimed responsibility for the shooting attack near Shvut Rachel on Monday night. 

Four Israeli civilians were injured in the terror attack, with one, Malachi Moshe Rosenfeld, a 25-year-old resident of Kochav Hashachar, succumbing to his wounds on Tuesday evening. 

The Al-Qassam Brigades asserted the attack was part of "a series of quality operations" carried out by the group's members in recent months, and that the attackers opened fire at point-blank range on a car of "settlers" before managing to escape safely.

On Tuesday, sources in the IDF and the Israel Security Agency (ISA or Shin Bet) admitted that a terror cell appears to be at large in the Binyamin region north of Jerusalem, although they did not say if the cell had any connection to Hamas. 

Sources credit the cell with firing at a civilian vehicle and an ambulance on Saturday evening, as well the murder of Danny Gonen, near Dolev, 12 days ago.

Meanwhile, Hamas spokesman Husam Badran called ongoing attacks against Israelis "an important quality development," whether it be shooting at "settlers or soldiers" or stabbing attacks carried out by lone-wolf Palestinian terrorists. 

Badran urged Palestinians to continue escalating attacks against Israelis in order to return to a situation of confrontation with the Jewish state as well as to "revive the Al-Aqsa Intifada" to end the "occupation."

Source: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/197535

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