Israeli Border Police Officer Lightly Wounded in West Bank Car Ramming

Initial police investigation suggests that the incident was of a criminal nature

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The Qalandiyah checkpoint, West Bank, March 27, 2019.
The Qalandiyah checkpoint, West Bank, March 27, 2019. Credit: Emil Salman

A 20-year-old Israeli Border Police officer was lightly wounded on Wednesday after a vehicle rammed into him near the Qalandiyah checkpoint in the West Bank.

Magen David Adom paramedics gave the officer initial treatment at the scene before evacuating him to the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem. The officer sustained bruises to his head and limbs.

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Police said the vehicle hit the officer and then fled the scene. An investigation was launched into the incident, but an initial assessment concludes that it was not an act of terrorism but rather a criminal affair.

On March 4, two Israeli soldiers were injured when a car rammed into them in the village of N'ima in the northern West Bank. Two of the suspects were shot and killed by Israeli forces and a third was lightly wounded, according to the Israel Defense Forces.

An IDF spokesperson said that several soldiers had stopped on the side of the road near the exit of the village when they were attacked. An initial investigation by the IDF concluded that the incident was a terror attack.

Reports later emerged that the two soldiers shot most of their bullets four and a half minutes after the car hit the soldiers and the border policeman and crashed into an armored military vehicle.

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