Police: Palestinians Tried to Run Over Israeli Cops in Two Incidents in West Bank; One Shot and Killed

No one else wounded ■ Security officials warn attempted terror attacks in West Bank are on the rise

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Israeli soldiers in Ramallah, Monday, Dec. 10, 2018
Israeli soldiers in Ramallah, Monday, Dec. 10, 2018Credit: Majdi Mohammed,AP
Jack Khoury
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Two attempted car-ramming attacks took place in the West Bank on Tuesday, the Israeli army reported.

In the village of Idna near Hebron, a Palestinian driver tried to run over Israeli Border Police and was shot. No one else was injured. The Palestinian Health Ministry in Ramallah said the man, Omar Hassan Awawdeh, 27, died of his wounds.

In a separate incident, a vehicle tried to ram Israeli security forces in the near the village of Jiftlik in the northern West Bank. The forces responded with gunfire, and arrested the suspect.

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Earlier Tuesday, Haaretz cited Israeli security officials as saying that attempted terror attacks in West Bank are on the rise.

A senior officer in the Israel Defense Forces Central Command told Haaretz that Hamas has plotted more attacks than before, and cautioned that the organization's plans "are more complex than lone-wolf attacks."

Seven people, including a 21-year-old woman in her seventh month of pregnancy, were wounded on Sunday in the latest drive-by shooting attack, near the West Bank settlement of Ofra.

Doctors at the hospital delivered her baby boy, whose condition deteriorated Sunday overnight and who is now in serious condition. The woman's husband, who was also wounded in the attack, was said to be in stable condition.

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