Israeli security forces on Saturday raided the home of a 17-year-old Palestinian terrorist who carried out a car-ramming attack in the central West Bank a day earlier, Hadashot news (formerly Channel 2) reported.
Forces searched the home of the attacker who rammed his car into two people in Gush Etzion south of Jerusalem, seriously injuring one of them. The assailant was shot and wounded when he exited the vehicle and attempted to stab soldiers.
Some rioting was reported during the operation in the village of Halhul, with residents throwing rocks at soldiers. The troops responded with non-lethal means. There were no reports of injuries among the Israeli forces.
On Friday the army set up checkpoints around the West Bank town. The family of the terrorist was also detained for questioning, the army said.
Just after 6:30 a.m., the 17-year-old Palestinian attacker rammed his car into the first victim, a 70-year-old man, David Ramati, who sustained a light head wound, at the Efrat South Junction. Ramati said he had a pistol and tried to shoot the 17-year-old driver, but he was hit by the car before he could.
The terrorist continued down the road to the nearby Gush Etzion Junction where he hit and seriously injured 35-year-old Even Ezer Holaring.
The army said at that point the driver got out of his car with a knife and tried to stab soldiers who were standing nearby. “The soldiers responded by firing towards the attacker, resulting in his injury,” it said.
Holaring’s wife urged people to pray for the father of five.
“I am the wife of Even Ezer who was wounded in the attack this morning,” his wife said in a short video from the hospital. “His condition is very serious and I am asking every one to pray for him, Even Ezer, the son of Malka,” she said.
Holaring was taken for surgery with a head wound, surgeons at the Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem in Jerusalem said.
“He suffered a head wound. He has an intracranial hemorrhage and will require brain surgery,” his doctor said. “He’s in serious condition, but he is stable.”
Jacob Magid contributed to this report.