Israel National News reports:
Palestinian terrorists murdered four Jewish civilians in a shooting attack at the Bani Naim junction just south of Hevron Tuesday evening. Emergency service paramedics could do nothing to save the victims whose bodies were riddled with bullets. The terrorists reportedly made sure their victims were dead by shooting them from close range after the initial fusillade.(Video courtesy Hebron Video)
The victims are a husband and wife, parents of six, and two passengers. Their names were cleared for publication Tuesday night by local police:WND's Aaron Klein reports that "Jews killed where Obama demanded removal of checkpoints"
•Yitzhak, 47, and Talya Ames, 45;
•Kochava Even Chaim, 37-year old mother of an 8-year old daughter.
•Avishai Shindler, 24-year old husband.
A Zaka volunteer, Maimon Chaim, who arrived on the scene neared the car and discovered that one of the victims was his wife, Kochava. He broke down in tears on the spot.
Yitzhak and Talya Imes were the parents of six children, the eldest one being 24 years old and the youngest one being a year and a half old. Talya Imes was nine-months pregnant when she was killed today by the terrorists.
Kochava Even Chaim was a teacher in Efrat. She leaves behind her husband and an 8-year old daughter.
Avishai Shindler had only recently moved to Beit Hagai with his wife. The four were all citizens of Beit Haggai. The funerals of all four victims will take place beginning at 11:00am on Wednesday. The IDF is combing the area, searching for the terrorists.
Today's deadly terrorist attack that killed four people near here took place on a road where the Israeli government removed staffed anti-terror checkpoints in line with requests from the Obama administration.The checkpoints were dismantled in line with demands from the Palestinian Authority that were passed on to Israel by the Obama administration. ...
George Mitchell, the White House envoy to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, specifically requested that Israel remove roadblocks and checkpoints as a confidence-building gesture to restart talks with the PA, Israeli officials told WND.
Anti-terror roadblocks and checkpoints impede Palestinian movement, but have been credited with stopping scores of attacks.
Michael Ben-Ari, a Knesset member from Israel's National Union party, slammed the dismantlement of the checkpoints. "The writing was on the wall. Opening roadblocks encourages terror and gives a free hand to terrorists," he said.
Preliminary police reports here show the gunmen today approached the Israeli vehicle and shot the victims multiple times at point-blank range.
The Magen David Adom ambulance authority reported the victims were two men ages 25 and 40 and two women, also ages 25 and 40, one of whom was pregnant.
The victims were all residents of Beit Hagai, a Jewish community in the southern Hebron Hills.
Paramedic Guy Ronen described the shooting scene to the Jerusalem Post: "When we arrived on the scene, all four doors of the car were open and four bodies were strewn on the road. We saw that the vital organs had been struck by a very large number of bullets, and that there was no chance of saving their lives."
"It was a very difficult scene. We had learned to forget scenes like this in recent years," Ronen added.