Drive-by Shooting Wounds Pregnant Woman

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SOUTH HEVRON HILLS - An Israeli woman gave birth to a healthy baby boy on Sunday evening after being hit in the leg in a drive-by shooting near the South Hebron Hills.

After Palestinians opened fire on a couple driving along Route 60, the husband, Sharon Tucker, 35, who was also hit, managed to drive to Soroka Hospital in Beersheva.

His wife, Neta, 35, nine months pregnant, gave birth by Cesarean section before doctors operated on the bullet wounds to her leg.

"A vehicle drove up in front of me. I heard gunshots and we were hit," Sharon Tucker, said afterward at the hospital. "I continued toward the Meitar checkpoint and informed police of the incident," he said.

The Tuckers are residents of Teneh Omarim on the outskirts of Mount Hevron.

Israel Police and IDF troops searched the area for the gunmen.

Sunday's terror attack - the third drive-by shooting in less than a month - took place not far from where Palestinians ambushed and killed four Israelis earlier this month.

In July, Hamas-affiliated Palestinians killed Israeli policeman Yehoshua Sofer, 39, and wounded two other officers, in a drive-by shooting on the same highway. Sofer was engaged to be married.

In a separate operation, IDF soldiers arrested five wanted men in the Palestinian Authority-controlled village of Talfit, the Israel Defense Forces Spokesperson's office reported.

An AR-15 assault rifle, an "improvised" rifle, three handguns, ammunition and "large quantities of IDF equipment" were found during the arrest, according to the report.

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