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Soldier lightly wounded in Jordan Valley attempted car ramming

Vehicle tries to enter Qasr al-Yahud holy site, refuses to stop after being flagged down by IDF troops

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US correspondent

Illustrative: Soldiers at the scene of a car-ramming attack on a highway in the central West Bank on July 10, 2017. (Gershon Elinson/Flash90)
Illustrative: Soldiers at the scene of a car-ramming attack on a highway in the central West Bank on July 10, 2017. (Gershon Elinson/Flash90)

An IDF soldier was lightly wounded in an attempted car-ramming attack in the Jordan Valley on Friday, the army said.

The incident took place near the entrance of the Qasr al-Yahud baptismal holy site near Jericho. The vehicle did not have the necessary permit to enter the site and did not stop when soldiers flagged it down, an army spokeswoman said.

Security forces detained the driver for questioning and the lightly injured soldier was treated at the scene of the incident.

Qasr al-Yehud is the site where many Christian traditions believe Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist.

Separately Friday, the official Palestinian Wafa news agency reported that Israeli security forces arrested four Palestinians, two of them brothers, in the northern West Bank town of Yamoun in connection with the murder of Raziel Shevach last week.

Forces were also said to have confiscated phones and footage from area security cameras.

Reached for comment, an IDF spokesperson refused to address the reported arrests.

The arrests came less than two days after an Israeli raid of Jenin in pursuit of the terror cell behind Shevach’s murder.

The army said that it killed one of the terrorists and captured two others, but it is in pursuit of additional members of the cell, which is believed to include at least two other members.

Two Border Police soldiers were injured in the raid, one lightly and the other seriously. The condition of the latter has since improved.

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