Four Israeli Officers Wounded in Suspected West Bank Attack

Earlier, an 18-year-old Palestinian woman was killed after trying to stab a soldier in Hebron.

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Israeli police stand at the scene of an alleged car ramming attack near Jerusalem, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016.
Israeli police stand at the scene of an alleged car ramming attack near Jerusalem, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016. Credit: AP

Four Border Police officers were lightly wounded in a suspected car-ramming attack on the road leading from Jerusalem to the settlement of Ma’aleh Adumim, near the Metzudat Adumim base Saturday afternoon, emergency services said.

One Border Police officer was wounded when the suspects’ car attempted to run over the police force and three others were injured from the impact, when the car collided into the police vehicle blocking their escape route, police added.

The scene of a suspected car-ramming attack near Ma'aleh Adumim, February 13, 2016.Credit: MDA Jerusalem

The victims were treated at the scene, the Magen David Adom ambulance service said.

The suspected attack was carried out by three Palestinians, who were shot by the police force. Two suffered light wounds and one was moderately wounded, according to the MDA report.

A preliminary investigation suggests that the police spotted two Palestinians crossing the security fence and heading to a car waiting for them on the Israeli side. A Border Police response force was dispatched to the scene, and a car chase ensued.

The police officers began chasing the suspects on foot after the cars were trapped in a traffic jam. When the suspects saw the policemen closing in on them, they tried to flee, hitting a civilian car. Police said the officers then opened fire on the suspects after they attempted to run them over.

Israeli soldiers evacuate a wounded Palestinian man from the scene of the stabbing attempt in Hebron February 13, 2016.Credit: Reuters

The suspects continued driving, crossing to the opposite lane where they collided with a Border Police vehicle blocking the road.

Earlier Saturday afternoon, a Palestinian woman attempted to stab an Israeli soldier in Hebron.

The attacker was reported to have pulled a knife out of her bag and tried to stab the soldier near the entrance to the Jewish Quarter in Hebron at around 1 P.M. She was identified as 18-year-old Kalzar al-Awiwi from Hebron. Her body was returned to Palestinian authorities and a funeral is slated for Sunday.

The 20-year-old soldier was very lightly wounded and a 30-year-old Palestinian bystander was moderately wounded in the attack.

Her family told Haaretz that she was an outstanding student and expressed surprise at her role in the incident: "We have no explanation for what happened, our feeling is that she joined a string of other Palestinian youths who chose to go this way, possibly as an attempt to express disappointment, frustration or anger."

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