Three Israeli Soldiers Wounded in Suspected West Bank Car-ramming Attack

The three are lightly injured; driver has turned himself in

Emergency medical teams at the scene of a suspected car-ramming attack in the Palestinian village of Husan, June 23, 2018.
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Three Israeli soldiers were wounded in a suspected car-ramming attack that took place west of Bethlehem in the West Bank.

The military said that the three suffered light wounds and are being treated on the scene.

A Palestinian Authority security source told Haaretz that the suspect, a resident of the Deheisheh refugee camp near Bethlehem, contacted the Palestinian security establishment and insisted it was an accident. He turned himself in Saturday night. 

A Palestinian source in Deheisheh told Haaretz the suspect's brother was arrested by the Israeli army on Thursday and that it is possible the attack was retributive. The camp is on high alert for the army's expected entry, which could lead to riots by residents.

In a statement, the military said that a Palestinian driver tried to run over Home Front Command soldiers who were patrolling by foot in the Palestinian village of Hussan, located near the settlement of Betar Illit. The army also said that the incident was being investigated.

The site of the suspected car-ramming attack in the West Bank, near the Palestinian village of HusanGoogle Maps

The soldiers were treated by medical emergency teams at the scene and later evacuated to the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem.