Driver tries to hit Israeli troops in West Bank; no injuries

Car flees site of attempted attack; Israeli vehicles hit by gunfire, stones in separate West Bank attacks, one lightly hurt

Stuart Winer is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

IDF soldiers on guard at the Gush Etzion junction, an area which has been hit by several terror attacks in the past weeks, November 23, 2015. (Gershon Elinson/FLASH90)
IDF soldiers on guard at the Gush Etzion junction, an area which has been hit by several terror attacks in the past weeks, November 23, 2015. (Gershon Elinson/FLASH90)

A car was driven at a group of Israeli security personnel in the West Bank on Tuesday night, in an apparent ramming attack at the Hizme checkpoint, north of Jerusalem. No one was injured in the incident, a police spokesperson said.

Shots were fired at the retreating vehicle as the attacker drove away in the direction of the Palestinian town of Anata in the West Bank.

Earlier Tuesday, two bullet holes were found in a car driven by an Israeli woman near the West Bank settlement of Ofra. Security forces began a search of the area of the shooting in the northern West Bank, the Hebrew-language Ynet website reported. The woman was uninjured in the attack.

Several Israeli vehicles were also damaged Tuesday after they were hit by rocks on Route 443 near to the Benzion Junction, north west of Jerusalem, and just inside the West Bank.

One man, 26, sustained lightly head injuries from flying glass. MDA paramedics attended to the man at the scene and then evacuated him to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem for further treatment.

Another Israeli vehicle was reportedly hit by a rock on a road between the settlement of Gvaot and the Etzion Junction. The rock shattered the windshield of the car and a female occupant was left suffering from shock.

There were no other injuries reported in the incident.

הטרור בישראל: נפגעת חרדה בפיגוע אבנים בדרך בין גבעות לגוש עציון. שמשת הרכב נופצה. (צילום: מועצה אזורית גוש עציון).

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Route 443, a main artery running west from Jerusalem towards Tel Aviv, was the scene of the fatal stabbing of an IDF soldier at a gas station on Monday evening. A female officer was also injured in the attack; the stabber was shot dead by soldiers.

On Sunday, Hadar Buchris, 21, was murdered in a stabbing attack at the Gush Etzion Junction. The terrorist was shot and killed by security forces at the scene.

The army is looking to bolster security measures at the junction after there were two deadly attacks there in space of three days.

A wave of Palestinian stabbings, shootings and vehicular rammings have killed at least 22 Israelis since the beginning of October, including seven in the last week alone. Over 80 percent of the perpetrators have come from the West Bank.

Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

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