The Al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Palestinian terror group Hamas, has claimed responsibility for the shooting attack near Shvut Rachel on Monday night.This is being widely reported in Arabic media. They say that the responsibility claim was taken by a Hamas-affiliated cell, the "Marwan Qawasmeh and Amer Abu Aisha groups." It was reported in Hamas media like Felesteen but not at the Hamas or Al Qassam websites.
Four Israeli civilians were injured in the terror attack, with one, Malachi Moshe Rosenfeld, a 25-year-old resident of Kochav Hashachar, succumbing to his wounds on Tuesday evening.
The Al-Qassam Brigades asserted the attack was part of "a series of quality operations" carried out by the group's members in recent months, and that the attackers opened fire at point-blank range on a car of "settlers" before managing to escape safely.
On Tuesday, sources in the IDF and the Israel Security Agency (ISA or Shin Bet) admitted that a terror cell appears to be at large in the Binyamin region north of Jerusalem, although they did not say if the cell had any connection to Hamas.
The Hamas website did praise the latest series of attacks against Jews and called for more of them. It also called for Arabs to protect the terrorists.
The same cell took credit for the murder of Danny Gonen last week.
No one can claim anymore that these are "lone-wolf" attacks.