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3 Border Police lightly hurt in West Bank car-ramming attack

Driver of vehicle that struck troops is shot dead in incident north of Hebron; 5-year-old boy lightly injured by rocks in same area

Illustrative: A car used in a West Bank car-ramming near Beit Ummar on October 30, 2016. (police spokesperson)
Illustrative: A car used in a West Bank car-ramming near Beit Ummar on October 30, 2016. (police spokesperson)

Three Border Police officers were lightly injured Sunday afternoon in an apparent car-ramming attack in the West Bank.

The incident occurred on Route 60 near Beit Ummar, north of Hebron.

The driver of the vehicle was shot dead by security forces at the scene. The Palestinian health ministry identified him as Khaled Ahmad Aylan, 23 years old, of Beit Ummar.

The policemen were taken to Jerusalem’s Shaarei Tzedek Hospital for treatment. They suffered injuries to the lower extremities.

A statement from Border Police said officers had quickly realized the assailant’s intent, and had thus managed to minimize the damage he caused.

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Also Sunday, an Israeli child was injured in the same area when a number of Palestinians threw rocks at cars along the highway. The rocks hit two vehicles, according to the IDF, including the one near the settlement of Ma’ale Amos in which the five-year-old boy was travelling. A rock shattered one of the windows, lightly wounding the child. He was taken to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem for treatment.

Forces in the vicinity launched a searched for the perpetrators following the attack. An IDF spokesman said the search was ongoing.

On Saturday an Israeli vehicle was fired upon in the southern West Bank, close to the settlement of Karmei Tzur and not far from Hebron. There were no injuries or damage reported, the army said.

A bullet hole is seen in the door of the car used to ram three border policemen on 30 october 2016 (police spokesperson)
A bullet hole is seen in the door of the car used to ram three border policemen on 30 October 2016 (police spokesperson)

On Friday night, a Palestinian man attempted to run over IDF troops with his vehicle at a checkpoint near the settlement of Ofra in the central West Bank, north of Jerusalem, the army said.

Soldiers fired at the vehicle, and after it halted, the suspect, a man in his thirties, got out with a knife in his hand and charged at the soldiers. The soldiers opened fire and seriously injured him. The assailant was taken to the Hadassah Hospital Mount Scopus in Jerusalem for treatment.

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