Gunmen who shot British-Israeli family dead are killed in drone strike

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  • May 4, 2023
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Palestinian men who gunned down a woman and her two daughters in the occupied West Bank have been blown up by a drone.

Israeli forces announced they killed two gunmen behind the attack on Lucy, Maia and Rina Dee near the settlement of Hamra, north of the Jordan valley.

The British-Israeli family, who lived in the Efrat settlement near the Palestinian city of Bethlehem, was driving to Tiberias when their car was shot at.

Sisters Maia, 20, and Rina, 15, were killed in the collision, while their mum, Lucy, 48, died in hospital a few days later.

A third militant who had aided the two gunmen was also killed in the raid, Israel’s Shin Bet domestic security service said.

The Palestinian Health Ministry said there had been three fatalities during the raid in the city of Nablus.

Shin Bet later said the three men were from the Palestinian Islamist armed group Hamas, which rules the blockaded Gaza Strip.

At the time, Hamas praised the shooting, without claiming responsibility, but they have now confirmed the gunmen were members.

Maia and Rina were the children of Rabbi Leo Dee, originally from London, who witnessed the incident from a separate vehicle which was following behind theirs.

Hundreds of mourners attended their funeral at a cemetery in Kfar Etzion on the West Bank.

Rabbi Dee was seen to embrace his daughter’s bodies while others sang.

He said in an emotional speech during the service: ‘Maia and Rina, you have loved us, you have inspired us, and in turn we will love you forever.

‘May your souls be bound in the bond of eternal life. May we, and no one else in the world, ever know so much sorrow.’

Israeli-Palestinian violence has surged this year, with frequent military raids amid a spate of Palestinian attacks.

More than 90 Palestinians and at least 19 Israelis and foreigners have been killed since January.

On Friday, Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian teenager during clashes in the West Bank.

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