Two Attacks Outside of Hebron Leave Four Israeli Soldiers Wounded

Two armed Palestinians killed after opening fire on Kiryat Arba bus stop, wounding 1; half an hour later, Palestinian rams car into bus, wounding officer and soldier before being shot.

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The scene of a suspected car-ramming attack at the Gush Etzion junction in the West Bank on Friday, March 4, 2016.
The scene of a suspected car-ramming attack at the Gush Etzion junction in the West Bank on Friday, March 4, 2016.Credit: National Fire and Rescue Group

Four Israeli soldiers were lightly wounded in two separate attacks in the West Bank Monday morning. The incidents, a shooting and car-ramming, took place only minutes apart and both occurred near the settlement of Kiryat Arba, near Hebron.

All of the suspected assailants were shot dead by Israel Defense Forces, and, according to Palestinians, IDF forces raided the homes of two of them.

An initial military inquiry into the first attack concluded that a car with two armed assailants entered Kiryat Arba, stopping at a bus station, where the two opened fired on a group of soldiers waiting there, wounding one.

According to paramedics, a 20-year-old soldier suffered light wounds and received medical care at the scene before being evacuated to Shaare Zedek Medical Center, Jerusalem.

The two Palestinian assailants were reportedly shot dead by other soldiers waiting at the bus stop.

The second incident, the army said, was a suspected car-ramming attack, also near the settlement of Kiryat Arba. In the incident, two Israeli soldiers, including an officer, were hurt after a Palestinian rammed his car into the bus they were on.

Other soldiers who were at the scene shot the Palestinian after he tried to exit the car; with one soldier being slightly wounded by a ricochet bullet.

All three soldiers were evacuated to the Shaare Zedek Medical Center, Jerusalem for medical care.

Palestinians in Hebron reported later in the morning that a large military contingency had entered the city and raided the homes of two residents who are suspected of carrying out the first of the attacks.

Sources named the two as 30-year-old Qasem Abu Ouda and 22-year-old Emir Fuad al-Junaidi from Hebron. Abu Ouda served two separate sentences for activities related to Hamas. Al-Junaidi had no security-related background. The two worked together at a grocery shop in Hebron.

The alleged assailant in the car ramming was identified as 18-year-old Yousef Mustafa Tarayra, from a village near Hebron. He had no security-related background, and according to defense establishment sources, the two attacks were unrelated.

On Friday, two Israeli soldiers were lightly wounded in a shooting attack at a West Bank checkpoint on Route 443 near the settlement of Beit Horon.

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