Israeli girl dies in bomb attack near West Bank settlement

An Israeli teenage girl died in hospital on Friday, a few hours after being injured in a bomb attack in the West Bank, Israeli officials said.

Rina Shenrav, 17, of the city of Lod in central Israel, was critically injured earlier on Friday while hiking with her father and brother near a natural spring outside the settlement of Dolev, Israel’s police said.

She died in hospital less than three hours after the attack.

Her 19-year-old brother was seriously injured and her 46-year-old father sustained light-to-moderate wounds.

The military said that the attack was made with a homemade explosive device, but it has not been clear if the bomb was planted at the site or thrown at the family.

“The circumstances of the attack are being looked into,” a military spokesperson said in a statement.

The spokesperson said that the top military command of the West Bank area arrived at the site and a manhunt has been launched.

“Troops have been deployed and are searching the area. The troops are blocking routes and enhancing the defense of the area,” the statement read.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu summoned a special security consultation with the heads of Israel’s security forces, his office said.

He issued a statement, offering his condolences to the family and vowed that his government will continue to strengthen the Jewish settlements in the West Bank.

The killing comes amidst escalating tensions in the West Bank stoked by clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East Jerusalem, a holy site revered by both Muslims and Jews.

Earlier in August, an Israeli soldier was killed near the West Bank city of Hebron.