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Guard hurt in West Bank ramming says he’s alive thanks to moving at last moment

An Israeli security guard who was seriously wounded in a suspected car-ramming attack at a West Bank checkpoint yesterday says he survived only thanks to moving at the last moment.

From his hospital bed, the guard, whose identity has not been cleared for publication, tells Channel 13 news: “My luck is that I moved a step to the right.”

He says he heard another guard saying that a car was coming, and saw the vehicle accelerating toward him at high speed. He doesn’t remember what happened afterward, but says he was told by others that at the last moment he moved a few inches that took him out of the car’s direct path.

The Te’enim Checkpoint in the West Bank after a Palestinian teen rammed a guard and was shot, on December 6, 2021. (Defense Ministry Border Crossing Authority)

“If not I guess I’d have been somewhere else,” he says.

Security forces at the Te’enim Checkpoint near the West Bank city of Tulkarem opened fire and shot the teenage driver, fatally wounding him.

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