Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian man and seriously injured a woman during a car-ramming attack at a bus stop outside the Kiryat Arba settlement in the West Bank on Friday, the army said.
The driver and passenger were shot as they plowed their car into the bus stop at the Elias Junction near the settlement, the IDF said.
“Two assailants rammed a vehicle into a civilian bus stop at the Elias junction near the community of Kiryat Arba,” an army statement said. “Forces at the scene fired at the vehicle resulting in the death of one of the assailants while the other was wounded.”
The man was pronounced dead on the scene. The Palestinian woman was shot in the stomach and seriously injured. She received preliminary treatment at the scene, before being taken to Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center, the hospital said.
Three Israeli teenagers — two boys and a girl — were also taken to Shaare Zedek, suffering from panic attacks and some light injuries that occurred while running away from the alleged car-ramming, the Magen David Adom ambulance service said.
Inside the suspects’ truck, IDF soldiers also found a knife, the army said.
The man was identified by Palestinian media as Firas al-Birawi Khadour, and the woman was named as Raghad Khadour from the nearby village of Bani Na’im.
According to Arabic media reports, the assailants were related to Majd Khadour, who rammed her car into the same Kiryat Arba bus stop in June.
The incident was the second attempted attack on Friday. Less than an hour before, police officers shot and killed a Jordanian man who they said was trying to stab one of them at the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem.
Late Thursday night, IDF soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian suspect, Muhammad Ahmad Abed al-Fattah al-Sarrahin, in the city of Hebron — adjacent to Kiryat Arba — who fled as they attempted to arrest him.
“During an arrest operation in Beit Ula, security forces apprehended one suspect while another attempted to flee the building,” an Israeli army spokeswoman told AFP.
“During the pursuit a force opened fire, resulting in the suspect’s death.”
The Hebron area, where Palestinians, Israeli settlers and soldiers live in close proximity, has been a frequent scene of clashes between Israeli security forces and Palestinians over the past year, as well as terror attacks by Palestinian assailants.
Times of Israel staff and AFP contributed to this report.