Three soldiers hurt in West Bank car-ramming attack

One victim in serious condition, two moderately hurt in incident near settlement of Dolev; alleged assailant shot dead

Ilan Ben Zion, a reporter at the Associated Press, is a former news editor at The Times of Israel.

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Three soldiers were injured by a car driven by a Palestinian man in a suspected vehicular attack on Tuesday evening near the West Bank settlement of Dolev, west of Ramallah.

One of the soldiers was in serious condition and airlifted to Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer for treatment. The other two were moderately hurt.

The three victims were reportedly standing near a checkpoint at the Haprasa Junction near the settlement when they were struck by a passing car.

An army statement referred to the incident as a terror attack.

Israeli soldiers “responded to the imminent threat” and shot the suspected assailant dead at the scene, an IDF spokesman confirmed.

Palestinians shared a photo from the scene on social media, which appeared to show the assailant on the ground surrounded by IDF personnel.

The Palestinian Health Ministry identified the driver shot dead by the IDF as 36-year-old Ahmed Riad Shehadeh of the Qalandia refugee camp north of Jerusalem.

His body was returned to his family for burial later Tuesday, according to several reports in Hebrew-language media.

In June of 2015, an Israeli man was shot dead by a Palestinian gunman near the settlement of Dolev. The assailant were later caught by Israeli forces.

The incident would mark the second Palestinian assault on Israelis in as many days, after an Israeli man was stabbed in Jerusalem’s Old City Monday night, marking a return to violence that had largely subsided in recent weeks after six months of near-daily attacks.

29 Israelis and four others have been killed in the violence since October. Nearly 200 Palestinians were also killed, two-thirds of them while carrying out attacks and the rest during clashes with troops, according to Israeli officials.

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