Two were killed on the spot and two were seriously injured.
The 2 killed have been identified as Sgt. Yovel Mor Yosef from the southern city of Ashkelon and Sgt. Yosef Cohen from the city of Beit Shemesh.
Both were members of the Kfir Brigade’s Netzah Yehuda infantry battalion, a unit for religious soldiers. The army said Mor Yosef and Cohen were posthumously promoted from the ranks of sergeant and corporal respectively after they were killed by gunfire in the attack outside the Givat Assaf settlement outpost.
Members of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee toured on Sunday the scene of the deadly terror attack at a bus stop outside Givat Assaf in Judea and Samaria. Two IDF soldiers were killed in the attack.
The committee members met at the headquarters of the Judea and Samaria Division with GOC Central Command Major-General Nadav Padan, who briefed them on the series of deadly attacks which occurred in the area over the past week. Later, the committee members visited the Givat Assaf Junction along with senior IDF officers, including the Commanding Officer of the Judea and Samaria Division, Brig. Gen. Eran Niv.
At the site, the MKs spoke with soldiers from the Netzach Yehuda Battalion, which the soldiers who were killed in the attack belonged to.
MK Dichter said the committee members felt it was their duty to visit the area in light of the recent attacks – “to see the people, the soldiers. Israelis who are just like the rest of us, live here.”
“It is important for us that the citizens here know that [people in Ofra will be protected just like those in Ashkelon, and just as the residence in Ashkelon is regulated, so will the residence in Ofra be regulated].”
Brig. Gen. Niv said, “It’s a very difficult task, these soldiers work here every day throughout the day to protect the civilians and sometimes to stop the terrorists with their own bodies. We support them and are bringing them back to a situation in which they will succeed in fulfilling this mission, which is hard and grinding.”
Most of the terrorist attacks, he said, are prevented by nightly activity in Palestinian villages and towns. “We defeat terror not with the soldiers who are stationed here. Those who are here deal with the terror that has succeeded in passing us. Most of the terror, more than 90% of terrorism, we thwart overnight in the depth of the territory.”
“The Binyamin Brigade for the past week, every night between tens and hundreds of fighters, operates inside the area in order to foil the terrorists, stop weapons, seize terrorist funds, destroy the home of a terrorist in a refugee camp, all of these things are done because we believe that the way of thwarting is the way to fight terrorism,” added Niv.