Two Israelis Wounded in Car-ramming Attack Near West Bank Settlement

Both wounded, aged 18 and 20, evacuated to hospital in critical and moderate condition ■ Driver shot by security forces, pronounced dead at site of incident

The scene of the suspected car-ramming attack near the West Bank settlement of Elazar, August 16, 2019
Magen David Adom Emergency Services

Two Israelis were wounded Friday in a car-ramming attack near the West Bank settlement of Elazar, the Israeli army Spokesperson's Unit said.

18-year-old Nahum Navis was evacuated to Hadassah University Hospital in serious condition, emergency services said. His sister, Noam, aged 20, was moderately wounded and was taken to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem.

According to the Israel Police, an officer that had just finished his shift in the Hebron area noticed a vehicle speeding towards a bus station and ram into two youths standing in it. When he noticed the driver trying to exit the car, he opened fire and incapacitated him. A military doctor pronounced his death at the site of the incident.

According to Palestinian sources, the driver was 27-year-old Alaa Kahser Al-Harimi, who lived in Bethlehem with his wife and child. Fatah published an announcement reporting his death, noting that he was a member in the organization. Al-Harimi was imprisoned in Israel for some three years and was wounded in the foot when he was shot during clashes with Israeli troops in 2006.

A spokesman for Hamas attributed the attack to the "rage of the Palestinian people," adding it was a direct reaction to "invasions into the al-Aqsa mosque."

On Thursday, two Palestinian assailants stabbed a policeman in the Old City of Jerusalem, near the Temple Mount, and were shot by other policemen at the scene. One of the two suspects, both minors, was killed, and the other critically wounded. The policeman was moderately injured.

Footage of the incident showed the suspects holding knives and suddenly stabbing the victim. Police officers at the scene pulled out their guns and shot at the suspects several times. Police temporarily shut the gates to the Temple Mount following the incident. 

Last week, 19-year-old Dvir Sorek was stabbed to death near the settlement of Migdal Oz in the West Bank. Sorek, who was in the first stage of his enlistment into the Israeli army, had been making his way home to the settlement of Ofra from Jerusalem. Two days later, security forces arrested two suspects from a town in the Hebron area.