Israeli baby prematurely delivered after West Bank attack dies

Jerusalem: An Israeli baby delivered prematurely after his mother was wounded in a West Bank attack by Palestinian gunmen has died, a Jerusalem hospital said in a statement Thursday.

“With great sorrow we announce the death of the child… four days after the attack, despite the medical efforts of the premature baby unit to save him,” Shaare Zedek hospital said.

Seven people were wounded in the drive-by shooting at a bus stop near the Ofra settlement in the occupied West Bank late Sunday.

The army and security services are still searching for the attackers.

The 21-year-old mother was reported as stable following the attack but the hospital said on Monday that the baby, delivered by caesarean section, had taken a turn for the worse.

The others wounded in the attack were not in life-threatening condition.

The Islamist Hamas movement, which runs the Gaza Strip, praised the shooting, saying in a statement that it proved “resistance” was still alive in the West Bank.

Palestinian attacks against Israelis occur sporadically in the West Bank.

Sunday’s shooting north of Jerusalem was the most serious attack in the West Bank since October 7, when Palestinian Ashraf Naalwa shot two Israelis dead in an industrial zone for a nearby settlement.