2 border police hit, injured by Palestinian bikers in West Bank
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2 border police hit, injured by Palestinian bikers in West Bank

Officers in light-to-moderate condition after riders try to ram through a temporary roadblock north of Jenin

Israeli security forces stand guard at the Gilboa/J alama checkpoint, located north of the West Bank town of Jenin on October 24, 2015. (Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP)
Israeli security forces stand guard at the Gilboa/J alama checkpoint, located north of the West Bank town of Jenin on October 24, 2015. (Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP)

Two Border Police officers were injured early Tuesday evening in the northern West Bank, when several motorcycles attempted to ram through a temporary roadblock set up by security forces.

A female officer was said to be in light-to-moderate condition, while a male officer suffered light injuries. Both were in their early twenties. They were treated by Magen David Adom medics and helicopters were dispatched to take them to hospital.

The temporary roadblock had been set up north of the town of Jenin, and just south of the Gilboa Crossing between the northern West Bank and Israel.

A police spokesperson said officers had flagged down four motorcycles as they approached the roadblock. The four then attempted to swerve to bypass the checkpoint, with three succeeding and one — carrying two riders — hitting the officers.

The two riders were also hurt in the crash. A police spokeswoman said the two, also in their twenties, were apparently in moderate-to-serious condition. They were being taken to a hospital in the nearby Israeli town of Afula.

A large number of security forces arrived at the scene, with officials trying to determine whether the incident was an accident or an attack.

A spate of stabbings, car-rammings and shooting attacks by Palestinian assailants that began a year ago has waned over the last six months, though sporadic incidents have persisted.

From October 2015 to October 2016, 36 Israelis, two Americans and an Eritrean national were killed in stabbing, car-ramming and shooting attacks.

According to AFP figures, some 238 Palestinians, a Jordanian and a Sudanese migrant were also killed during the violent spurt, 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 Strip.

On Friday security forces shot and wounded a Palestinian woman at the Qalandiya checkpoint in the West Bank as she tried to carry out a stabbing attack, police said.

The last car-ramming attempt occurred in mid-December, when police said an East Jerusalem woman tried to carry out an attack at Qalandiya.

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