Soldiers thwart attempted attack near Bethlehem
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Soldiers thwart attempted attack near Bethlehem

Palestinian car attempts to run over troops, army opens fire and detects hit, but culprits escape

Illustrative photo of IDF soldiers near teh West Bnak city of Bethlehem. (Najeh Hashlamoun/Flash90)
Illustrative photo of IDF soldiers near teh West Bnak city of Bethlehem. (Najeh Hashlamoun/Flash90)

A Palestinian car attempted to hit IDF soldiers stationed near Bethlehem, the army said in a statement Wednesday evening.

The troops opened fire at the car, and were said to detect a hit. No soldiers were reported injured in the incident.

The IDF said it was scouring the area to track down the culprits, who fled from the scene.

The thwarted hit-and-run occurred as the army wrapped up its sixth day of a massive crackdown in the West Bank on Hamas personnel, in an effort to locate kidnapped teens Eyal Yifrach, Naftali Frankel, and Gil-ad Shaar.

At around the same time Wednesday night, two rockets were fired at southern Israel from the Gaza Strip. One scored a rare hit on a home in the Sha’ar Hanegev region, causing damage but no injuries.

The second landed in an open area.

On Sunday night, travelers in a car opened fire at an Israeli military position in the same area near southern Jerusalem. No injuries were reported in that incident and the culprits escaped.

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