Oct. 30 (EUROPA PRESS) –
Five Israeli soldiers have been injured after being hit by a Palestinian driver in two places south of the West Bank city of Jericho.
First, the driver rammed into a group of soldiers near Musa before crashing his car into a bus stop in Almog, according to the Army.
Two of the soldiers are in moderate condition while the other three have been slightly injured and their families have already been notified, medical sources inform the ‘Times of Israel’.
The driver was shot several times by security forces and is now in critical condition, according to ‘Yedioth Aharonoth’ sources.
This incident takes place after the death of an Israeli citizen was killed by the shots fired by a Palestinian this past Saturday night between the settlement of Kiryat Arba and the West Bank city of Hebron, as confirmed by the Israeli security forces. Four other people, three Israelis and one Palestinian, were injured.
The attacker, identified as Muhamad al Jabari, was eventually run over by a vehicle and succumbed to gunshots fired by a security guard.
These incidents have come amid a spike in tension in the West Bank, where different aspects of the conflict against Israel — military operations, police response or settler attacks — have left 32 Palestinians dead and 311 wounded since the beginning of the year, while two Israeli soldiers and 25 civilians have been injured, according to the UN.
They also take place a few days before the legislative elections on November 1 in Israel, where former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could obtain a parliamentary majority thanks to the push of the ultra-nationalists, Ben Gvir among them.