Vyacheslav Golev

April 29, 2022: Vyacheslav Golev, 23, was shot dead by Palestinian fighters who managed to escape from the scene at the main entrance of the Ariel illegal colony in the occupied West Bank. The two shooters were identified by Israeli authorities as Sameeh Assi and Yahya Marei, both in their 20s. They were captured after a 20-hour manhunt by Israeli troops.

Israeli Ynet News said video footage from the scene of the fatal shooting shows two persons stepping out of a car before running up to the guard station and shooting one of the security guards stationed there.

According to the Times of Israel, Golev was a former student at Ariel University who was working as a security guard at the entrance to the settlement. The paper reported that he was working along with his fiancée Victoria Fligelman, and shielded her from injury when the shooting occurred.

One of the shooters returned to the car, made a U-turn, and picked up the other person before speeding away, Ynet added.

Israeli medics said they tried first aid after arriving at the scene, but the guard had no pulse and wasn’t breathing before they pronounced him dead due to his serious wounds.

A few hours after the shooting, the Israeli army closed the iron gate near Qarawat Bani Hasan town, on the main road leading to villages and towns west of Salfit, and prevented the Palestinians from crossing.

The soldiers briefly detained and interrogated dozens of Palestinians and searched many cars.

The Israeli army and Shin Bet (Israel’s Internal Security Agency) initiated a massive search campaign in the entire area, especially north and west of Salfit.

The army said it found a burnt car believed to be the one used in the fatal shooting.

The soldiers also installed many roadblocks, blocking main roads and isolating entire Palestinian communities.

The army also invaded and ransacked many Palestinian homes and shops on Kafr Thuluth, Beit Amin, and Sanniriya, near Qalqilia, during the ongoing search for the shooters and confiscated surveillance recordings and equipment.

Vyacheslav Golev was a security guard in the Ariel colony, who lived in Beit Shemesh. Source: IMEMC