Murdered Israeli parents Rabbi Eitam and Naama Henkin.(Courtesy) (Courtesy)
Henkin Couple Murdered

Four young Jewish children became orphans when their parents were killed after their car came under heavy gunfire from Palestinian terrorists near the Jewish community of Itamar in Samaria.

Two Israeli civilians, identified as Rabbi Eitam and Naama Henkin from Neria, have been killed in a terror attack which occurred shortly after 9 pm near the Itamar and Elon Moreh communities in Samaria on Thursday night. The Jewish family of six was driving near the Palestinian village of Beit Furik when their vehicle came under heavy gunfire from a moving Palestinian vehicle, killing the parents.

The four children in the car, who witnessed their parents’ shooting, have been safely rescued. The children, ages 4, 7, and 9 and a four-month-old baby were not injured in the attack.

IDF spokesperson has confirmed the tragic event and stated that “IDF forces are currently searching the area for the terrorists.”

Israeli Minister, Uri Ariel had stated in response to the event that “this murderous occurrence which orphaned four little children is the direct result of Abu Mazen’s litany of lies last night at the United Nations. The responsibility is his and he must answer for it.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the following remarks in response to the terrorist attack in Samaria:

“This is a difficult day for the State of Israel. We are witness to an especially heinous and shocking murder in which parents were murdered, leaving four young orphans. My heart is with the children, all of our hearts are with the children and the family. The killers knew that they were murdering a mother and father, the children were there. It has been proven again that wild Palestinian incitement leads to acts of terrorism and murder such as we have seen this evening. I am about to speak with the Defense Minister, the IDF Chief-of-Staff and the Director of the ISA about the steps we will take not only to apprehend the murderers, but also to increase security for all Israeli citizens.”

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said in a statement, “Tonight, bloodthirsty murderers claimed the lives of a mother and a father, leaving their young children orphaned. The heart breaks at the magnitude of such cruelty and hatred.

“We will continue in our brave and unwavering fight against this cruel and heinous terrorism – of this our enemies can be sure. This is our duty, and the only way we can ensure the right of the orphans who lost their parents tonight, along with the right of all our children and grandchildren, to live with security and in peace, everywhere in the Land of Israel.

“We pray for the speedy recovery of the injured children – our hearts and thoughts are with them.”

By: Tazpit News Agency

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