Palestinian attempts to run over troops in West Bank
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Palestinian attempts to run over troops in West Bank

IDF opens fire in response, but driver flees scene near Bethlehem; no reports of injuries

Illustrative photo of the IDF in the West Bank. June 19, 2014. (photo credit: AP/Majdi Mohammed)
Illustrative photo of the IDF in the West Bank. June 19, 2014. (photo credit: AP/Majdi Mohammed)

A Palestinian driver attempted to run over soldiers near Bethlehem on Sunday.

The IDF opened fire at his car, and reportedly hit it, but the assailant or assailants fled the scene.

The incident took place at the Khader Junction on Highway 60 between Jerusalem and the Gush Etzion settlement bloc south of the capital.

The army was searching the area for the culprits. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

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Israel was hit by a spate by vehicular attacks late last year in Jerusalem and the West Bank, which has since subsided.

On October 22, a Palestinian man crashed into a crowd at a light rail station in Jerusalem, killing a 3-month-old baby and a 22-year-old Ecuadorian woman.

On November 5, in a similar attack, Druze border policeman Jedan Assad, 38, and 17-year-old yeshiva student Shalom Ba’adani were killed in the terror attack on the light rail.

Hours later, three IDF soldiers were hit by a car in Gush Etzion is what later emerged was a terror attack. On November 10, Dalia Lempkus, 26, was killed in a combined hit-and-run and stabbing attack in the West Bank.

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