The scene of the accident near Neve Daniel.
The scene of the accident near Neve Daniel. Photo by Emil Salman
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An IDF soldier was moderately wounded and three others lightly wounded on Tuesday after a Palestinian-owned taxi collided with an IDF vehicle near the Neve Daniel settlement in the Gush Etzion region of the West Bank.

Initial evidence suggests that a group of six soldiers were standing behind a military vehicle at the entrance to Neve Daniel. The vehicle was then struck for an unknown reason by the taxi. The six soldiers were taken to Hadassah Ein Karem Hospital, while military and police forces began searching the area for the Palestinian-owned taxi.

Israel Police believe that the incident was a hit-and-run accident rather than a terrorist attack. They cite the fact that the military vehicle was parked diagonally with its front end protruding into the road. Therefore, emergency services believe the cause for the accident was the driver's failure to pay attention; they add that he may have been startled when he realized he had hit the soldiers.

Earlier this month, the security coordinator of the settlement Shaarei Tikva was killed in what the police currently believe was a hit-and-run accident. The police are investigating other possibilities but currently, they do not see it as a terrorist act.

After an extensive search that included helicopters, a 25-year-old man from Kafr Qasem was arrested in Jaffa. The car was probably stolen from a Rosh Haayin resident, who filed a complaint with local police an hour-and-a-half after the accident.