Israeli Cop Seriously Wounded in Car-ramming Attack in West Bank

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Photo from the car-ramming scene near a checkpoint in Qalandiyah, West Bank, today.
Photo from the car-ramming scene near a checkpoint in Qalandiyah, West Bank, today.Credit: Israel Police

An Israeli Border Police officer was seriously wounded in a car-ramming attack overnight into Thursday in the West Bank.

The 20-year-old officer suffered injuries to his head and abdomen and was taken to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem.

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The driver, Salah Nazel, 22, from the West Bank city of Qalqilyah, sustained a head injury and was evacuated to Hadassah University Hospital in Ein Karem in moderate condition. He was interrogated by the Shin Bet security service.

Photo from the car-ramming scene near a checkpoint in Qalandiyah, West Bank, today.Credit: Israel Police

According to a police statement, the driver rammed the Border Police officer while he was standing next to Civil Administration inspectors overseeing construction violations in the West Bank.

Nazel crashed into a safety rail after the officers opened fire at him.

According to a police source, the driver later admitted that he intended to carry out an attack with his car. 

"We must act decisively against an attempt to harm our forces or Israeli citizens," said Jerusalem District commander Doron Turgeman.  

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