Five Israeli soldiers were run over last night by a Palestinian driver in the West Bank’s Gush Etzion region, hours after a 19-year-old female soldier was severly wounded by a knife-wielding Palestinian near the West Bank settlement of Adam.
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Two of the five soldiers struck by the car were moderately injured, the others lightly wounded.
In all, there were three attacks in the day, all in the West Bank, that left seven Israelis injured — six by car rammings, one by stabbing. Security forces killed one of the assailants, wounded another and arrested the third.
In the morning, an Israeli policemen was lightly wounded in a car ramming at the army checkpoint outside the West Bank settlement of Ofra. Near Hebron, a teenage Palestinian girl carrying a knife was shot and wounded by troops.
In the early evening, a rocket fired from Gaza fell in an open area on the Israeli side of the border, causing no injuries or damage. Around the same time dozens of Palestinians clashed with Israeli troops near Bureij in central Gaza.
The five wounded soldiers had been driving in two cars on Route 60 near Beit Ummar shortly before 9 P.M. when their vehicles were stoned. The two drivers pulled over to the side of the road, and when the passengers in one of the cars got out, they were run over by a Palestinian driver. At least one of the victims was taken to Hadassah University Hospital, Ein Karem for treatment. The Palestinian hit-and-run driver was shot and severely wounded.
Around 3 P.M., the 19-year-old female soldier was stabbed in her upper body and left on the side of the road near Adam. She was taken in serious but stable condtion to Hadassah University Hospital, Mount Scopus for treatment, then transferred to Hadassah Ein Karem. Her assailant was shot and killed by another soldier.
A few hours earlier, a Palestinian driving a car with Israeli license plates rammed his car into a policeman at the Ofra checkpoint, leaving him mildly injured. The driver fled on foot toward the Palestinian village Silwad, but was soon arrested.
Yesterday’s attacks followed three stabbing attacks on Tuesday in Hebron, during which two Palestinians were shot and killed.
The IDF believes that the growing number of incidents in Hebron is a result of terror attacks elsewhere, with one attack inspiring others. “It’s contagious, but we can’t identify a directing hand,” said a defense establishment source.