Two Brit sisters killed after gunman opens fire on family car injuring mum

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    Two sisters who were killed today (April 7) in the West Bank in Israel were British nationals, a UK official has revealed.

    A girl aged 15 and her elder sister in her twenties died in a shooting incident in the West Bank as Israel bombed Lebanon targets in a massive escalation.

    The girls' mother was also seriously injured when their car was attacked on Friday near the Hamra settlement, about 30 miles north of Jerusalem.

    The two women killed today are believed to have been in a car that came under fire and was then rammed, with pictures taken by Sky News showing a badly damaged white car at the side of a road.

    While the sisters were killed on the spot, their mother was airlifted to hospital in a "very critical condition".

    Their dad was behind them in another car when the attack happened, according to Oded Revivi, the mayor of the settlement where the family lived.

    The family is understood to have moved to Israel from the UK in 2005, settling in Efrat, a small settlement that sits near the city of Bethlehem.

    While group has claimed responsibility so far, a Hamas spokesman hailed the attack as "retaliation for the crimes committed by Israel in the West Bank and the Al-Aqsa mosque".

    Israel's military said: "A shooting attack was carried out on a vehicle at the Hamra Junction. IDF [Israeli army] soldiers are searching the area."

    Roadblocks have reportedly been set up in the area to try and find the attackers.

    The horrific shooting took place after Israel launched airstrikes against Lebanon and Gaza in response to rocket attacks that it blamed on Hamas, the militant Palestinian group.

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