Israeli woman hurt when her car is stoned north of Ramallah

24-year-old taken to Shaare Zedek hospital in Jerusalem with wounds to her face caused by flying glass after attack on Route 60, north of Eli

An Israeli car hit by a rock during an attack near Eli in the West Bank, December 16, 2018 (Courtesy Rescuers Without Borders)
An Israeli car hit by a rock during an attack near Eli in the West Bank, December 16, 2018 (Courtesy Rescuers Without Borders)

An Israeli woman was lightly to moderately wounded when her car was pelted with stones in a suspected Palestinian attack on Route 60 in the northern West Bank on Sunday afternoon.

The woman, 24, was taken to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem with cuts to her face caused by flying glass.

The attack took place just over a kilometer north of the settlement of Eli, near the Palestinian village of As-Sawiya.

There has been an increase in the number of attacks on Israeli civilians and soldiers in the West Bank in recent weeks, after months of relative calm in the area, raising concerns of a potential renewed outbreak of regular, serious violence in the region.

The believed rock-throwing attack took place not far from the site of a Friday attack on an Israeli soldier.

Israeli troops in Ramallah on December 15, 2018. (Abbas Momani/AFP)

The soldier was part of an Israeli force conducting a manhunt for a terrorist who committed a shooting attack on Thursday that killed two soldiers and seriously injured a third serviceman and a civilian woman. The Palestinian assailant approached the soldier, stabbed him and struck him with a rock, the army said. He then fled the scene, prompting a manhunt.

The 21-year-old soldier shot and wounded on Thursday, Naveh Rotem, was taken to Jerusalem’s Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem in serious condition, unconscious and hooked up to a ventilator. Doctors said he was in life-threatening condition. On Saturday doctors said Rotem’s condition had improved and stabilized and he was listed in moderate condition.

Israeli troops stand guard at a bus stop in the central West Bank’s Gush Etzion Junction following a number of roadside terror attacks on December 13, 2018. (Gershon Elinson/Flash90)

Thursday’s deadly shooting also took place in the same region between Ramallah and Nablus, at a bus stop near the Givat Assaf outpost.

The soldier who was injured in the shooting attack remained in critical condition over the weekend, while doctors said the condition of the woman who was seriously wounded had improved.

The Israeli military launched a manhunt in the Ramallah area for the terrorists and sent additional forces to the West Bank to assist in the search, as well as to boost security near settlements and roads.

Thursday’s attack came on the heels of a shooting Sunday by Palestinian terrorists outside the Ofra settlement in which seven Israelis were injured. Among the wounded was a pregnant woman whose baby died after being delivered prematurely due to wounds sustained in the attack.

A senior IDF commander indicated the same Hamas terror cell carried out the two drive-by shooting attacks, which occurred along the same highway.

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