An Israeli soldier was lightly hurt Saturday afternoon in a car-ramming attack at a checkpoint near the town of Hawara in the northern West Bank, close to the city of Nablus.
The attacker was shot at the scene, Israel’s Ynet news website said, later reporting that he had died of his wounds in hospital in Nablus. The website identified him as 56-year-old Maher Jabi, but gave no details of his residence.
The wounded 20-year-old soldier was taken to Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tivka, where he was being treated for a suspected broken leg. He was released from the hospital a short while later.
Channel 2 television reported that the attack apparently occurred after soldiers set up a surprise checkpoint at the site in order to inspect Palestinian cars.
The Magen David Adom rescue service said that the soldier had received initial treatment at the scene before being transferred to hospital. The incident is still under investigation, the IDF said.
The attack came hours after security forces thwarted a stabbing attack in Jerusalem, when an assailant from East Jerusalem pulled out a knife and assaulted policemen near the Old City’s Jaffa Gate.
Also Saturday, Jerusalem police clashed with some 150 Palestinian protesters in the Muslim Quarter of the Old City, who were demanding that Israel return the bodies of those killed while carrying out attacks.
Police cleared away the protesters using riot dispersal measures. Some threw stones at the security forces, and one person was arrested, Channel 2 reported.
Later, the IDF opened fire at a bulldozer in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan, after the driver of the vehicle attempted to drive through a roadblock.
No injuries were reported in the incident.