Israeli Guard Injured, Palestinian Assailant Killed in Car-ramming Attack in West Bank

A 16-year-old Palestinian rammed into the Jabara checkpoint in the West Bank, moderately injuring a security guard

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The vehicle at the Jabara (Te'enim) Checkpoint, on Monday.
The vehicle at the Jabara (Te'enim) Checkpoint, on Monday. Credit: Hadas Parush

A Palestinian teen rammed a car into a military checkpoint in the West Bank, moderately wounding an Israeli security guard early Monday.

The 16-year-old Palestinian, Muhammad Nadal Yunis of Nablus, was shot by another guard at the Jabara checkpoint, which is near the Palestinian town of Tul Karm. He was taken to Meir Hospital in Kfar Sava, where he was pronounced dead.

The teenage assailant, Muhammad Nadal Yunis.

An initial Defense Ministry investigation of the incident has found that the teen had gotten into an argument with his father. He then took his father’s car and rammed it at high speed over a sidewalk and through concrete protective barriers at the inspection post at the checkpoint, striking the guard. The head of the team of security guards at the checkpoint then shot the teen.

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According to Palestinian sources, an Israeli army force later raided Yunis's home.

The Jabara (Te'enim) Checkpoint in the West Bank, on Monday. Credit: Hadas Parush

The 34-year-old injured security guard was taken to Sheba Medical Center near Tel Aviv in serious but stable condition, suffering injuries to his head, chest and limbs but was conscious. 

Defense Minister Benny Gantz ordered stepped up security at West Bank checkpoints. He also commended the security guards for their quick response and wished the injured guard a speedy recovery. 

Defense Ministry Director General Amir Eshel, who led the preliminary investigation of the incident, called it "a serious attack," adding that "the guards acted swiftly, exactly as we train them" to do. 

On Sunday, a Palestinian man was shot dead by Border Police officers  after he stabbed an ultra-Orthodox man in the Old City of Jerusalem.

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