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Cop hurt in Hebron car-ramming still in critical condition

Wednesday attack left Border Police officer, 20, with severe head wound; a second officer lightly injured

Israeli security forces stand in the street during clashes with Palestinian demonstrators in the West Bank city of Hebron, on October 30, 2015. (AFP/Thomas Coex, File)
Israeli security forces stand in the street during clashes with Palestinian demonstrators in the West Bank city of Hebron, on October 30, 2015. (AFP/Thomas Coex, File)

A Border Police officer critically injured in a Wednesday car-ramming attack near the West Bank city of Hebron remained in critical condition, officials at Jerusalem’s Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem said Thursday.

The officer, 20, is in the hospital’s intensive care unit.

He sustained multiple injuries, including a severe head wound, and was rushed to the Jerusalem hospital in serious condition after the attack.

A second Border Police officer was also hit in the attack, but was only very lightly hurt.

The Palestinian driver of the ramming vehicle was shot dead by security forces at the scene, near Halhul Junction on Route 60, and his body returned to his family for burial.

The name of the hospitalized officer has not been released for publication.

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The incident was the latest episode in a spate of near-daily stabbings and vehicular attacks on soldiers and civilians in the West Bank and throughout Israel in recent weeks. The unrest has also seen clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli security forces in multiple West Bank cities.

Also Thursday, doctors at Assaf Harofeh Medical Center said one victim of a stabbing attack Monday in Rishon Lezion has seen his condition improve. The 35-year-old man is now classified as only lightly wounded, they said. An 80-year-old woman stabbed in the same terror attack remains in moderate condition at the hospital.

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