A Palestinian careened his car into an Israeli Border Police officer north of Hebron on Wednesday in the latest terror attack to occur near the restive West Bank city.
The 20-year-old suffered multiple injuries and was rushed to a Jerusalem hospital in serious condition, the Magen David Adom rescue agency said.
He was fighting for his life after sustaining a major head injury, according to hospital officials.
A second Border Police officer was also hit but was unhurt, according to initial reports.
The name of the victim was not immediately released for publication.
“On the side of the road a young man around 20 years old was lying unconscious with serious multisystem injuries,” a paramedic said, “[and] along with IDF medical soldiers who arrived at the scene we gave him life-saving first aid and took him in serious condition to Hadassah Hospital at Ein Kerem on life support.”
The driver of the vehicle was reportedly shot dead by security forces at the scene of the attack, which occurred near Halhul Junction on Route 60.
The incident was the latest episode in a spate of nearly daily stabbings and vehicular attacks on soldiers and civilians in the West Bank in recent weeks, amid spiraling violence.
Most of the West Bank attacks have occurred along Route 60, a main north-south artery.
Earlier this week IDF soldiers and Civil Administration officials raided a Palestinian radio station in Hebron after it aired what the army called “incitement” to carry out deadly attacks against Israelis.
Broadcast equipment was seized in the raid on the offices of the al-Huriya radio statio for its broadcasts advocating attacks on Israelis in the West Bank city, which has produced the largest number of attackers in the latest wave of stabbings.