2 Israeli teens injured, one of them critically, in West Bank car-ramming attack
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2 Israeli teens injured, one of them critically, in West Bank car-ramming attack

Driver shot dead by security forces; wounded treated at the scene next to the Elazar settlement and evacuated to hospitals; doctors fighting to save life of boy, 17

  • The scene of a suspected car-ramming attack outside Elazar in the West Bank on August 16, 2019 (Gershon Elinson/Flash90)
    The scene of a suspected car-ramming attack outside Elazar in the West Bank on August 16, 2019 (Gershon Elinson/Flash90)
  • Israeli security forces and forensics gather at the scene of a suspected car-ramming attack outside the settlement of Elazar on August 16, 2019. (Ahmad GHARABLI / AFP)
    Israeli security forces and forensics gather at the scene of a suspected car-ramming attack outside the settlement of Elazar on August 16, 2019. (Ahmad GHARABLI / AFP)
  • Soldiers inspect a car used in a ramming attack outside the West Bank settlement of Elazar on August 16, 2019 (Gershon Elinson/Flash90)
    Soldiers inspect a car used in a ramming attack outside the West Bank settlement of Elazar on August 16, 2019 (Gershon Elinson/Flash90)
  • Israeli security forces and forensics gather at the scene of a suspected car-ramming attack outside the settlement of Elazar on August 16, 2019. (Ahmad GHARABLI / AFP)
    Israeli security forces and forensics gather at the scene of a suspected car-ramming attack outside the settlement of Elazar on August 16, 2019. (Ahmad GHARABLI / AFP)
  • View of the Jewish settlement of Elazar, in the West Bank, on February 5, 2019.  (Gershon Elinson/Flash90)
    View of the Jewish settlement of Elazar, in the West Bank, on February 5, 2019. (Gershon Elinson/Flash90)

Two Israelis were hit by a car and injured on Friday while standing at a bus stop outside Elazar in the central West Bank, just south of Jerusalem, in what the military said was a terror attack.

A 17-year-old teenager was seriously wounded and a woman, 19, was moderately hurt, the Magen David Adom ambulance service said.

The two were identified as brother and sister Nahum and Noam Nevis from Elazar.

They were treated at the scene; then Nahum was evacuated to the Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital and his sister Noam was taken to Shaare Zedek Medical Center, both in Jerusalem.

The director of Hadassah, prof. Yoram Weiss said Nahum was in surgery fighting for his life, with a skull fracture and a brain injury.

Doctors at Shaare Zedek said Noam was conscious, but suffering from injuries to her limbs.

The car rolled over after the attack, and when the attacker tried to emerge from it, he was shot dead by an off duty police officer who was driving behind him.

The officer captured the attack on his dashboard camera.

The video showed that the two siblings were not standing behind the reinforced pillars set up in front of the bus stop to protect against car-ramming attacks.

Etzion Regional Council head Shlomo Ne’eman said the incident “looks like a terror attack” despite the fact that the car bore Israeli license plates.

“I hope we aren’t facing a new terror wave,” he was quoted as saying by Channel 12.

The attacker was identified as Ala’a Harimi, 26, from Bethlehem, who was driving a stolen car.

Channel 12 reported that he had been jailed in the past for terror offenses.

Dvir Sorek, 19, a yeshiva student and off-duty IDF soldier who was found stabbed to death outside a West Bank settlement on August 8, 2019 (Courtesy)

Elazar is a settlement adjacent to Migdal Oz in the Etzion Bloc, where yeshiva student Dvir Sorek was stabbed to death last week in a suspected terror attack. Also nearby is the Etzion Junction, which has seen multiple fatal terror attacks in recent years.

On Thursday, two teenage assailants stabbed and moderately injured a police officer in Jerusalem’s Old City.

The assailants were shot by security forces. One of them was pronounced dead at the scene; the second was critically wounded and taken to the hospital.

On Friday, Shaare Zedek, where the officer was being treated, said his condition had improved.

The attack came amid heightened tensions surrounding the Old City’s Temple Mount, following clashes at the holy site earlier in the week.

The Hamas terror group, in a statement on Friday’s attack, linked it to the recent unrest in Jerusalem, saying, “Our nation’s rising rage and the ramming and stabbing incidents are a response to the repeated stormings of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the occupation’s ongoing crimes.”

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