Man Seriously Hurt by Car Bomb in Suspected Mob Hit in Central Israel

Car blows up at a traffic light near the Israel Institute for Biological Research in Nes Tziona.

Police officers at the scene of the crime, with a burnt car next to them.
Ilan Assayag

A man was seriously injured on Wednesday when his car blew up at a traffic light near the Israel Institute for Biological Research in Nes Tziona, in central Israel.

The victim has not been named, but police suspect he was the target of a mob hit.

“There was a man of about 40 lying on the sidewalk near the burning car,” said Magen David Adom rescue service paramedic Ofer Fischer, who was the first on the scene. “He was conscious and had burns on his upper body.”

“We gave him first aid at the scene, including bandages, liquids and painkillers, before evacuating him to the hospital while continuing to treat him.”

The victim was reported to be in serious condition last night in the Sheba Hospital trauma ward at Tel Hashomer. He was sedated and on a respirator.

A father and son from Ramle were shot to death on a city street two weeks ago. The two were known to police and the killings were apparently related to struggles over control of the city’s drug trade.

In October, a 30-year-old man was shot and killed from a passing car while sitting in a café in Nahariya. That same day, a car belonging to a known criminal blew up in Hadera. The driver was hospitalized in critical condition.