A Palestinian driver rammed his car into Israeli troops stationed at the Tapuach Junction.
By Erin Viner
The suspect accelerated toward two soldiers and deliberately hit them, said the IDF.
One soldier was moderately injured and the other sustained light injuries. Both servicemen, in their 30s, were immediately evacuated to a nearby hospital for further medical treatment, and their families were notified of the incident.
Soldiers launched a manhunt for the assailant, who turned himself into the security forces a short time later. He has been identified as a 21-year-old resident of the West Bank city of Nablus. According to Army Radio reports, he claimed the incident was an accident caused by low visibility due to heavy fog.
The suspect is currently held by security forces for questioning.
The attack comes amid a deadly surge in terrorist attacks on the Israeli public.
An Arab terrorist claimed seven Jewish lives in gun spree at a Jerusalem synagogue last Friday night, followed by a shooting outside the Old City the next day that critically-injured two Israelis.
The raid was part of ongoing counter-terrorism activity during Operation Waves Breaker, carried out by IDF, Israel Security Agency (ISA, Shin Bet) and Border Police Special Units. The mission was launched by Jerusalem’s defense establishment last year to counter a wave of a deadly wave of Palestinian terror attacks that killed 31 people in 2022.
While stressing that Israel” is not seeking escalation,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stressed, “our answer to terrorism is an iron fist and a powerful, swift and precise response.” Jerusalem has already introduced a series of new measures aimed at countering Arab attacks on Israeli civilians.