By Nada Abu-Sana,MEEA/ReutersIn the early hours of Sunday morning, Israeli soldiers stormed the homes of the wives of Palestinians and began shooting at them, in what they called a collective punishment that lasted more than two hours.
The attack came amid a spate of violence and arrests of Palestinians, most of whom are from the besieged Gaza Strip, who are seeking to establish their families and businesses in Israel.
The wives were returning to their homes from a wedding when the soldiers approached them.
They were shot in the head and shoulder, according to Maan news agency, while one of them was shot in both legs and the other was shot once in the leg.
One of the injured women was in critical condition and had to be transferred to Shaare Zedek hospital, where she is in a coma.
The women said they fled to the street to hide in the darkness, fearing they would be attacked by the soldiers, who were armed with riot shields and tear gas.
The raid was the first attack on Palestinians since a ceasefire brokered by Israel and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in April.
Palestinians and their allies accuse Israel of violating the ceasefire, and Israel has repeatedly rejected claims of wrongdoing.