Two car-ramming attacks in West Bank, soldier lightly injured

Perpetrator flees after attack at checkpoint northwest of Nablus; in second incident near Hebron, driver arrested, none hurt

The West Bank settlement of Shavei Shomron, as seen from Sebastia (Ilan Ben Zion/Times of Israel staff)
The West Bank settlement of Shavei Shomron, as seen from Sebastia (Ilan Ben Zion/Times of Israel staff)

An Israeli soldier was lightly wounded early Friday evening in a car-ramming attack outside the northern West Bank settlement of Shavei Shomron, the army said.

The soldier was standing at a checkpoint outside the settlement, northwest of Nablus, when the car hit him. The driver then fled the scene, according to the military.

The Magen David Adom ambulance service said medics treated the 20-year-old at the scene and evacuated him to a hospital. IDF troops were searching the area for the perpetrator.

Clashes between Palestinians and soldiers were reported earlier in the Nablus area, where several people were reported injured by rubber bullets and tear gas inhalation.

In a second ramming attack near Hebron, a driver attempted and failed to hit a soldier at a checkpoint. The driver was arrested.

The incidents came amid violent protests along the Gaza border Friday as thousands of demonstrators clashed with Israeli troops, hurling rocks and rolling burning tires at soldiers. Some flew flaming kites over the border. Soldiers responded with less-lethal weapons as well as live fire in several incidents.

The Hamas-run health ministry in Gaza said a 40-year-old man was killed after being shot in the chest east of Khan Younis, in the south of the Strip. The ministry said a 16-year-old was critically wounded after being struck by IDF sniper fire and six others were seriously injured by live fire. It said at least 35 people were wounded in the protests.

The demonstrations came as part of the seventh weekly “March of Return” protest in Gaza.

In March two soldiers were killed in a West Bank car-ramming terror attack, when 26-year-old Ala Qabha rammed his car into a group of soldiers outside a military post in the northern West Bank, near the Mevo Dotan settlement.

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