2 Israeli soldiers injured in West Bank car-ramming attack


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Two Israeli soldiers were injured, one seriously, in a car ramming attack in the West Bank.

The soldiers were standing on the side of the road outside of a village near Ramallah after conducting an arrest operation.

The Palestinian car ploughed into the group of soldiers in what the IDF has determined was a terror attack. The two soldiers were taken to a nearby hospital.

Israeli soldiers opened fire on the car, killing two, both aged 20, and injuring another passenger, according to the IDF.

The car also was found to contain a stockpile of Molotov cocktails and had been seen in the area of Route 443, where such firebombs had been thrown at a crossing on the road.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the attack on Monday morning, during remarks with visiting Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi.

“This morning IDF soldiers acted quickly and eliminated the terrorists who threatened to run them over. We send our best wishes for a quick recovery to the officer who was wounded and will do everything to speed up the demolition of the homes of these murderers,” he said, in part. “We are determined to continue our vigorous struggle against the murderers and against terrorism everywhere.”

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