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IDF colonel, 3 others injured in West Bank car-ramming

One moderately wounded, three others lightly in Tapuah Junction terror attack; Palestinian driver, 21, shot and wounded by Border Police forces

Illustrative: Border Police officers and IDF soldiers at the Tapuah Junction in the West Bank. (Israel Police)
Illustrative: Border Police officers and IDF soldiers at the Tapuah Junction in the West Bank. (Israel Police)

Three IDF soldiers and a Border Police officer were hurt in a car ramming attack shortly after 8 a.m. Tuesday morning at the Tapuah Junction in the northern West Bank, army officials said.

One was moderately wounded, with injuries to the abdomen and head. The other three were lightly injured, with wounds to the arms and legs. All four were evacuated to Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva, according to the Magen David Adom ambulance service.

One of the soldiers injured held the rank of colonel while another was a lieutenant colonel. The border guard also held an officer’s rank, an army spokeswoman said.

The other injured soldier was an enlisted man, the spokeswoman added.

A group of Border Police officers on the scene saw the events unfold and fired at the driver, wounding him. He received medical care on the scene and will be questioned once his condition improves, a police spokesperson said.

The West Bank Border Police commander, Uzi Levy, arrives on the scene of a car ramming attack at Tapuah Junction in the West Bank on November 24, 2015. (Israel Police)
The West Bank Border Police commander, Uzi Levy, arrives on the scene of a car ramming attack at Tapuah Junction in the West Bank on November 24, 2015. (Israel Police)

The driver was identified as Azmi Naf’a, 21, of the northern West Bank city of Jenin.

MDA senior medic Aviel Mamiliya described the scene: “They were fully conscious and suffering from injuries to their appendages, abdomen and head. Nearby there was the vehicle that hit them. With medical assistance from the IDF, which was already on the scene, we gave first aid. This included splints, IVs and bandages. We sent them quickly to the hospital.”

Attacks in the West Bank and elsewhere have persisted for over two months. On Monday IDF corporal Ziv Mizrahi, 18, was killed in a stabbing attack at a gas station on Route 443 in the West Bank. Earlier Monday, two Palestinian girls aged 14 and 16, from Qalandiya in northern Jerusalem stabbed a 70-year-old Palestinian man in central Jerusalem with a pair of scissors. They mistook him for a Jew.

On Sunday, an Israeli woman, Hadar Buchris, 21, was stabbed to death at the Etzion Junction in the West Bank south of Jerusalem. Two earlier stabbing attacks in the West Bank on Sunday were foiled.

On Saturday night, four people were hurt in a stabbing attack in the southern Israeli city of Kiryat Gat. Two days earlier, three people, including an American national, a Palestinian and an Israeli man, were killed in a shooting and vehicular assault at the Etzion Junction, and two more were killed in a stabbing attack at an office building in Tel Aviv.

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