British-Israeli sisters killed in West Bank shooting named by Benjamin Netanyahu

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Two British-Israeli sisters who died in a shooting in the West Bank have been named by Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.

One of the sisters was 15 and the other was 20, according to local media.

Their mother was also seriously injured in the attack near the Hamra settlement – about 30 miles north of Jerusalem – and had to be airlifted to hospital.

Mr Netanyahu shared his “condolences” with their relatives on Twitter on Saturday evening.

He also named the “wonderful sisters” as Maya and Rina, while sharing a picture of the pair.

Sky News Middle East correspondent Ali Bunkall said it’s believed the British victims of the West Bank attack moved to Israel in around 2005.

Mr Netanyahu and defence minister Yoav Gallant visited the site of the shooting late on Friday.

“It’s just a matter of time, and not much time, until we settle the score,” Mr Netanyahu said on the visit.

Roadblocks were set up to try to find the attackers.

No group has claimed responsibility but a Hamas spokesman hailed it as “retaliation for the crimes committed by Israel in the West Bank and the Al Aqsa mosque“.

A UK Foreign Office spokesperson had said in an earlier statement: “We are saddened to hear about the deaths of two British-Israeli citizens and the serious injuries sustained by a third individual.

“The UK calls for all parties across the region to de-escalate tensions.”

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