Thursday, December 10, 2015

10-Dec-15: Thursday afternoon vehicle-ramming attack; 4 Israelis hurt

There has been another vehicle-ramming attack on Israelis with serious injuries to the victims:
An initial report indicated that the vehicle had approached a group of soldiers from the Kedem battalion who were busy conducting routine security operations along the route, before ramming the soldiers and their vehicle, wounding all four. According to police, a black Isuzu vehicle rammed into the four between the Palestinian village of Al-Lubban ash-Sharqiya and the Israeli settlement of Beit Aryeh-Ofarim. The car was later found abandoned in the village of Rantis... Magen David Adom paramedics evacuated the wounded to Beilinson Hospital at the Rabin Medical Center in Petah Tikva. Three of the soldiers were lightly-to-moderately hurt... Security forces were searching for the driver, who was able to flee the scene. Checkpoints and roadblocks were set up all over the area.
[Ynet, December 10, 2015]
(Rantis has about 3,000 residents. It's a village that sits almost on top of the Green Line. Nearby Beit Aryeh-Ofarim, also straddling the Green Line, is a community of about 4,500 Israelis, in the history-rich Binyamin region of Samaria, and only about 25 kilometers from Tel Aviv.)

The moment of impact, around 3:30 this afternoon, was caught by a security camera:

According to Haaretz, one of the four Israelis struck in the attack is injured critically. All four are IDF soldiers in their twenties. It says that, when the attack vehicle was located by security forces, an M-16 rifle of the kind used by IDF soldiers was found abandoned inside along with a stun grenade. The search is ongoing as we write this.

UPDATE Friday December 11, 2015: He was caught early this morning, and naturally he has his reasons.

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