Assailant tries to ram troops in West Bank, hits jeep and is arrested — army

Military says suspect taken for questioning after soldiers fire shots in the air during apparent attack at Hawara

The scene of a car-ramming at Hawara in the West Bank, May 17, 2021 (Screen grab/Kan)
The scene of a car-ramming at Hawara in the West Bank, May 17, 2021 (Screen grab/Kan)

The Israel Defense Forces said Monday that an assailant tried to ram his vehicle into troops at Hawara in the northern West Bank, hitting a military vehicle.

No soldiers were injured and the assailant was arrested, the IDF said in a statement.

The assailant accelerated his vehicle toward troops at the checkpoint, collided with a military patrol vehicle and was then arrested after soldiers fired in the air, according to the IDF.

The suspect was taken for questioning.

Violence in the West Bank and Jerusalem has increased since terror groups in the Gaza Strip began firing rockets at Israel on Monday amid rising Israeli-Palestinian tensions centered on Jerusalem, setting off the worst flare-up of fighting in seven years.

The apparent attempted ramming came a day after seven Border Police soldiers were injured, including two moderately, in a car-ramming attack in Jerusalem’s flashpoint Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood.

According to police, the Palestinian assailant rammed his car into a temporary police checkpoint, running over a number of officers.

The assailant, a resident of East Jerusalem, was shot dead by the officers, according to media reports.

The tense neighborhood has recently seen violent clashes between Palestinians and far-right Israelis, as well as with police forces over the past weeks. The violence reached a crescendo last Monday when the Hamas terror group began firing rockets from the Gaza Strip after issuing an ultimatum to Israel to remove all forces from the neighborhood and the nearby Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City.

On Saturday night a Palestinian was shot dead while attempting to commit a ramming attack near Dahariyya Junction in the southern West Bank, the military said.

Also on Saturday, IDF troops opened fire on an Israeli vehicle that swerved toward them in the West Bank, apparently thinking the accelerating vehicle was an attempted attack. The family in the car said they were trying to get away from burning tires lit by Palestinian rioters.

On Friday a man tried to ram and then stab a soldier near the West Bank settlement of near Ofra on Friday. The attacker was shot dead.

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