Palestinian vehicle smashes into IDF soldiers in West Bank

Suspect flees scene, police suspect incident was second terror attack of day following earlier incident in Jerusalem

Ilan Ben Zion, a reporter at the Associated Press, is a former news editor at The Times of Israel. He holds a Masters degree in Diplomacy from Tel Aviv University and an Honors Bachelors degree from the University of Toronto in Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, Jewish Studies, and English.

Illustrative photo of an ambulance at the Etzion Junction in the West Bank (photo credit: Gershon Elinson/Flash90)
Illustrative photo of an ambulance at the Etzion Junction in the West Bank (photo credit: Gershon Elinson/Flash90)

Three Israeli soldiers were injured when a Palestinian vehicle rammed into them on a West Bank road Wednesday evening in what appeared to be the day’s second vehicular terror attack.

One soldier was in serious condition and two suffered moderate injuries, officials said. The soldiers were evacuated to hospitals in Jerusalem for treatment, and a hospital official said there was no immediate threat to their lives.

A Palestinian vehicle hit the soldiers, who were standing by the side of Route 60 near the Palestinian refugee camp of al-Aroub, south of Jerusalem, a police spokesperson said.

In a graphic video posted online which appeared to show the incident, the three soldiers are clearly visible on the side of the road as traffic passed. The white van approached from the left-hand side and, without slowing, plowed into the soldiers and drove off.

The spokesperson said that the police were treating the incident as a possible terrorist attack.

The IDF confirmed that three soldiers were injured after a Palestinian vehicle ran them down. The vehicle was identified as a large white commercial truck, and a van matching the description was later found by IDF troops.

The driver of the vehicle fled the scene and a manhunt was underway to find the perpetrator. Israel Police and the IDF had set up roadblocks in the area.

“The IDF is conducting a widespread search in the region to locate the vehicle and its driver,” the army said in a statement.

Shortly after the attack, Hamas lauded the attack on the soldiers.

The attack came hours after an East Jerusalem man drove his van into a group of pedestrians in the capital, killing a Border Police officer and injuring 11 other people, one of them critically.

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