On Friday afternoon, an IDF solider and officer were murdered in a car-ramming attack in the West Bank. In addition, two others were injured. The terrorist initially fled the scene but was apprehended by security forces shortly thereafter.

Ambulance in the West Bank

Ambulance in the West Bank Photo Credit: Gershon Elinson/Flash90

Two Israelis, an IDF officer and a soldier, were murdered and two others were injured by a Palestinian terrorist who rammed his car into them in the West Bank on Friday afternoon. The attack took place between Mevo Dotan and Hermesh on Route 585. The terrorist, 26, from the village of Barta’a, was moderately wounded.

A Magen David Adom (MDA) team provided initial treatment at the scene before transporting the wounded to a hospital in Petah Tikvah. The terrorist was taken to a hospital in Hadera.

The terrorist has been identified and is known by Israeli security forces. He was released from prison less than a year after he was convicted of terrorist offenses. Once he was located by the security forces, he was interrogated and transported to Hillel Yaffe Hospital.

Hamas welcomed the attack, stating, “The attack in Jenin comes 100 days after Trump’s decision and makes it clear that our people’s intifada for Jerusalem is continuing.” Hamas further stated, “The protest against the decision and against the occupation is not a wave of anger, but an ongoing matter until full freedom is achieved for our people.”

“Before the Sabbath began, we were informed of a serious attack,” Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said following the attack. “We will act to sentence the terrorist to death, to demolish his house and to punish anyone who was involved. There’s no ‘lone terrorism.’ It’s terrorism that is supported by Abu Mazen [Mahmoud Abbas] and the Palestinian Authority, which pays money to the families of the terrorists.”