April 8, 2023 –Two British-Israeli sisters killed in a shooting in the occupied West Bank have been named as Maya and Rina Dee. The sisters were killed on Friday afternoon near the Hamra Junction in the north of the Jordan Valley, as they drove to Tiberias. Their mother, Leah, remains in a critical condition in hospital, local media reported.
The family lived in the settlement of Efrat and were immigrants from the UK, the mayor said. Their father had been driving ahead in a separate vehicle. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent his condolences to the family in a tweet naming the sisters on Saturday evening.
Their car was driven off the road after being shot at by gunmen. The Israeli military said after the shooting that its forces were blocking roads in the area and had “started a pursuit of the terrorists”. The UK Foreign Office said on Friday that it was “saddened” by the news. “We are saddened to hear about the deaths of two British-Israeli citizens and the serious injuries sustained by a third individual,” a statement said.
Also on Friday, an Italian tourist was killed and seven other people were wounded, including three Britons, in a suspected car-ramming attack in Tel Aviv.
The incidents took place hours after Israeli warplanes carried out air strikes in southern Lebanon and the Gaza Strip, on targets belonging to the Palestinian militant group Hamas.
The military said the strikes were a response to a barrage of 34 rockets fired from Lebanon into northern Israel on Thursday, which it blamed on the group.