Two Israelis hurt in Gush Etzion ramming and stabbing attack


Two Israelis were injured Friday, one of them seriously when a Palestinian terrorist rammed a truck into them in the Gush Etzion area in central Judea and Samaria.

The terrorist then tried to stab soldiers and was shot, the Israeli military said.

The vehicle attack occurred at two separate junctions, with the terrorist hitting one victim at one location and then hitting the other further down the road.

The two victims and the terrorist were evacuated to hospitals in Jerusalem for treatment.

The victim who sustained light injuries, David Ramati, said he had seen the terrorist charge toward him at the Efrat junction, smiling broadly.

“I was on my way to work and I couldn’t find a ride,” he said.

“I saw an Arab in a truck on the right side of the road make a turn and come back around toward me. I saw his face, with a big smile on it. I went for my gun but realized that I didn’t have time. He came at me with great speed.”

“He sent me flying 10 or 11 meters [30 or 40 feet] in the air.”

The terrorist rammed the second victim, then left the vehicle and tried to stab an army officer at the site.

The knife from the terror attack near Efrat in the West Bank / Shlomo Mor The knife from the terror attack near Efrat in the West Bank / Shlomo Mor 

The second victim was described as being in serious condition.

The 17-year-old terrorist was shot by Israeli security forces and was reportedly in critical condition.

A wave of Palestinian street attacks began in October 2015 but has since slowed. Israel blames the violence on incitement by the Palestinian leadership.

Originally posted at Israel Hayom.

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