Five soldiers injured in suspected West Bank car-ramming

Two soldiers in moderate condition; manhunt launched for driver after incident near West Bank town of Hizma, northeast of Jerusalem

First responders at the scene of a car-ramming outside Jerusalem, July 6, 2019. (Hatzalah)
First responders at the scene of a car-ramming outside Jerusalem, July 6, 2019. (Hatzalah)

Five soldiers were injured in a suspected car-ramming attack Saturday evening near the West Bank town of Hizma northeast of Jerusalem.

Two of the victims were in moderate condition and three were lightly injured, according to the Magen David Adom emergency service.

The driver fled the scene and a manhunt was launched in the area, the Israel Defense Forces said in a statement.

The IDF said the troops had been in the area as part of an “operational mission,” when they were struck by a car. It said the incident was under investigation.

Paramedics at the scene of a suspected West Bank car-ramming attack north of Jerusalem on July 6, 2019. (Magen David Adom)

One of those moderately injured was a career soldier in his 30s while the other was a female soldier in her 20s. Both were serving in the Home Front Command, according to the Ynet news website.

The three lightly injured individuals included two men in their 20s and a 19-year-old with injuries to his hand.

The MDA rescue service said the wounded were taken to Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center and Hadassah Hospital Mount Scopus for treatment.

Police said earlier on Saturday that a vehicle tried to hit a police officer at checkpoint in the northern West Bank. No injuries were reported and the driver fled the scene.

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