Soldiers fire at car that sped toward them in West Bank
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Soldiers fire at car that sped toward them in West Bank

Army says no casualties in incident near Tulkarem; police arrest 2 Palestinians in Jerusalem after knife found in their car

Illustrative photo of IDF soldiers patrolling a field in the West Bank. (Michal Fattal/Flash90)
Illustrative photo of IDF soldiers patrolling a field in the West Bank. (Michal Fattal/Flash90)

Soldiers opened fire on a car that sped toward them during an operation in the West Bank Sunday morning, the IDF said in a statement.

Security forces were carrying out an operation in the Nur Shams refugee camp near the city of Tulkarem when the vehicle accelerated in their direction, the army said.

“In response, forces opened fire at the car, which then came to a halt,” the IDF said.

There were no injuries in the incident and the suspects were taken away for questioning, the army said.

The incident is being investigated.

Channel 10 news tweeted photos allegedly showing the vehicle involved in the incident, with bullet holes in its windshield. The car had an Israeli license plate on display behind the windshield.

Palestinians have carried out numerous car-ramming attacks against Israeli security forces and civilians. In March, two soldiers were killed and two seriously injured when a Palestinian driver drove his vehicle into them outside the Mevo Dotan settlement in the northern West Bank.

In a separate incident Sunday morning, police forces in Jerusalem arrested two Palestinians caught with a large butcher’s knife in their car.

Officers stopped a suspicious vehicle that drove against traffic on the outskirts of northwestern Jerusalem, police said in a statement. Police questioned the driver and passenger and searched the vehicle, seizing a knife hidden under the seat, the statement continued.

A knife found in a car driven by a Palestinian in Jerusalem and seized by police. (Israel Police)

The two Palestinians were arrested, and police have launched an investigation.

Sunday’s incidents came at a time of heightened tensions following several weeks of deadly violent clashes on the Israel-Gaza border.

On Friday, four Palestinians were reported killed, one of them a teenager, as approximately 10,000 people took part in mass demonstrations at the Gaza Strip border on Friday afternoon for the 11th week in a row.

The military said protesters hurled grenades, improvised explosives and rocks at soldiers, burned tires and flew dozens of incendiary kites and balloons into Israeli territory, sparking a number of fires.

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