Attempted car ramming attack in Gush Etzion thwarted by IDF – Arab-Israeli Conflict

An attempted car ramming attack took place at the Gush Etzion Junction in the West Bank Wednesday, according to Magen David Adom emergency medical services.

The Palestinian assailant was shot and wounded during the event, stopping her at the scene. She was treated at the scene for her injuries and transported to a nearby hospital.

A MDA spokesperson said that the suspect attempted to run over a group of civilians and soldiers standing in the area before being stopped by military personnel.

A pregnant woman is being treated for shock following the incident, MDA added.

Earlier in the week, a Palestinian terrorist was shot dead at a police checkpoint near the Old City’s Lion’s Gate after following two Border Police officers into a small security station and stabbing them.

According to police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld, the Muslim Quarter attack took place shortly after 4 a.m on Monday.

Both officers were treated at the scene by Magen David Adom paramedics and transferred to Hadassah-University Medical Center on Mount Scopus.

Rosenfeld said the suspect was identified as a 25-year-old resident of the volatile east Jerusalem Arab neighborhood of Jebl Mukaber. In January, a terrorist from the neighborhood ran down 21 IDF soldiers with a truck, killing four.

“The area around the Old City where the attack took place was closed off in order to search for other terrorists and prevent more attacks,” he said.

“After the area was cleared, police units went into Jebl Mukaber, searched the house that belonged to the suspect and arrested four of his relatives to determine if they had any knowledge of the attack.”

Hours later, police units prevented a mourner’s tent from being erected outside the terrorist’s home.

Daniel K. Eisenbud contributed to this report.

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