Former colonel in Israeli army bludgeoned to death outside his home in Brosh Habika in the Jordan Valley
An Israeli living in a West Bank settlement has been attacked and killed, the latest in a series of incidents over the past month that have prompted concerns about an upsurge in violence.
Seraya Ofer, 61, a former colonel in the Israeli army, was bludgeoned to death outside his home in the settlement of Brosh Habika in the Jordan Valley. His partner, Monique Omer, told police he had been attacked with iron bars and an axe after investigating noises outside their home late on Thursday night.
She fled the house, phoning an acquaintance who called the security forces as she crawled through bushes and a barbed wire fence.
However, the woman’s daughter said her mother had hidden in bushes from the attackers for two hours without a phone. Her mother “heard people speaking in Arabic. She saw that they were looking for her with flashlights,” the daughter told the Ynet news website.
Israeli security forces launched a search operation for the assailants in the area. “Our main line of investigation is that this was a terrorist attack, although criminal motives have not been ruled out 100%,” said Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld.
Last weekend, a nine-year-old girl was injured in an attack outside her home in the settlement of Psagot. She said she had been shot by Palestinian intruders, although there was confusion over whether her injuries were caused by a makeshift gun or a knife. Two Palestinian brothers were later arrested in connection with the incident.
Last month, an Israeli soldier was shot dead in the volatile West Bank city of Hebron. The shooting followed the death of an off-duty soldier, who was reportedly lured to a West Bank village where he was killed and his body hidden in a well.
At least four Palestinians have been killed by Israeli security forces in raids on West Bank cities in recent weeks.
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