Israeli man lightly hurt in West Bank car-ramming attack
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Israeli man lightly hurt in West Bank car-ramming attack

Assailant shot and killed by soldiers at the scene; victim, approximately 60, suffers head wound

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

Medics treat an Israeli man who was lightly wounded in an apparent car-ramming attack in the West Bank's Gush Etzion Junction on April 19, 2017. (Magen David Adom)
Medics treat an Israeli man who was lightly wounded in an apparent car-ramming attack in the West Bank's Gush Etzion Junction on April 19, 2017. (Magen David Adom)

An Israeli man was lightly wounded in a car-ramming attack near the Gush Etzion Junction in the West Bank on Wednesday, the army said.

The driver of the vehicle was shot and fatally wounded by IDF troops who were on the scene, a military spokesperson said.

A spokesperson for Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center said the Palestinian assailant was brought to the hospital in critical condition after receiving treatment on the scene by military medics.

He was pronounced dead shortly after arriving to the hospital, an army spokesperson said.

The assailant was later identified as Sahib Mousa Mashahrah, 21, from nearby al-Sawahreh, according to the Palestinian Maan news agency.

Medics from the Magen David Adom ambulance service treated the injured Israeli man, who suffered a head wound after being hit by the car as it plowed into a bus.

The victim was conscious, “but disoriented” after the attack, a medic said.

According to MDA, the victim was approximately 60 years old. He too received treatment on the scene before being taken to Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center for treatment.

The Gush Etzion Junction has been the site of multiple attacks against both civilians and soldiers in the past two years.

Earlier this month, an IDF soldier Sgt. Elhai Teharlev, 20, was killed in a similar car-ramming attack near Ofra in the West Bank.

On Friday, a British student named Hannah Bladon, 21, was stabbed to death on the Jerusalem light rail by a Palestinian man from East Jerusalem, who apparently attacked her in order to be killed by a soldier who was on the tram.

Though a marked drop has been recorded by security officials in recent months, 41 Israelis, two Americans, a Briton, a Palestinian and an Eritrean national have been killed in the spate of stabbing, car-ramming and shooting attacks that began a year and a half ago.

Israeli officials have said that many of the attackers have done so due to personal problems, with some, like Friday’s attacker, hoping to commit suicide by cop or soldier.

According to AFP figures, some 250 Palestinians, a Jordanian and a Sudanese migrant have also been killed, most of them in the course of carrying out attacks, Israel says, and many of the others in clashes with troops in the West Bank and at the Gaza border, as well as in Israeli airstrikes in the Gaza Strip in response to rocket attacks.

The spate of Palestinian attacks that began in October 2015 was dubbed the “lone wolf” intifada, as many of the attacks were carried out by individuals who were not connected to any terror group.

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