A 17-year-old girl was killed and her father and older brother were seriously wounded on Friday when a bomb was detonated at a natural spring near the West Bank settlement of Dolev.
Rina Shnerb of Lod, her father Eitan, a rabbi, and her brother Dvir, 19, were hiking at the Ein Bubin spring when they were attacked with an explosive device, possibly a grenade, hurled at them from a passing vehicle, according to reports by the Magen David Adom ambulance service and others. Eitan and Dvir were taken by helicopter to a Jerusalem hospital for treatment.
The crying as hundreds of people gathered around her shroud covered body at the funeral on Friday was palatable. Her father spoke to the crowd by cell phone from the hospital.
“It hurts and we pray that this will never happen again. We are trying to be strong. We are strengthened by the Bible of the people of Israel in the Land of Israel,” Eitan said.
Rina’s sister Tamar Levanoni said, that her death left a void not just in their family, but “in the heart of the nation.”
The IDF is conducting searches for the perpetrators of the attack.
The scene of the incident — the Bubin spring, a popular recreation spot — is located about halfway between Modi’in and Ramallah, adjacent to Dolev and the Palestinian village of Deir Ibzi.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated, “On behalf of myself and the citizens of Israel, I send deep condolences to the family of young Rina Shnerb who was murdered in a harsh terrorist attack this morning, and wishes for a quick recovery to her father, Rabbi Eitan, and her brother Dvir.”
“We will continue to strengthen settlement,” Netanyahu added. “We will deepen our roots and strike at our enemies. The security arms are in pursuit after the abhorrent terrorists. We will apprehend them. The long arm of Israel reaches all those who seek our lives and will settle accounts with them.”