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December 13, 2018 1:23 pm

Eyewitness to Deadly West Bank Terror Attack Tells Media: ‘It’s a Miracle I’m Talking to You Right Now’

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Israeli police forensic experts work at the scene of a shooting attack in the West Bank, Dec. 13, 2018. Photo: Reuters / Ammar Awad.

An eyewitness to Thursday morning’s terror attack at the Givat Asaf junction in the West Bank that left two Israeli soldiers dead has recounted the incident to the Israeli media.

Shari Arviv was waiting at the junction when the shooter burst out of a passing car and opened fire on a crowd of soldiers and civilians. Along with the murdered soldiers, two other people — one soldier and one civilian — were severely wounded.

“I haven’t digested it,” Arviv told the Hebrew news site Mako. “I could have been in the place of any one of the dead.”

“I was standing at the hitchhiking stop,” she said, “and I waited for them to collect me to go home … suddenly a blue car stopped and I thought they had come to collect me. And then a man with a weapon came out. I saw his weapon, he fired several times, and I heard a lot of shots.”

“I only remember that I ran and kept running, I don’t know how far — if it was kilometers or meters — until I saw an army jeep,” she recounted. “I shouted to them, ‘Hurry! Hurry! There was a shooting, come quick!’ I remember I saw people fallen on the ground, I remember people screaming for help — I’m just in shock, it’s a miracle I’m talking to you right now.”

“After that I saw a lot of military forces arrive at the place,” she added, “and they evacuated me to Shaare Zedek hospital with a panic attack. I was trembling all over and I couldn’t digest the size of the event. I heard that there were dead and wounded. I hope for a quick recovery for the wounded and the young people who stood next to me and I could have been in their place.”

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