At least six Israelis injured in West Bank terror attacks

Marcy Oster

JERUSALEM (JTA) — At least six Israelis have been wounded in terror attacks.

The attacks, two stabbings and a car ramming, took place on Sunday.

Four Israelis were wounded, two seriously, in a car-ramming attack on Sunday morning at the Tapuah Junction in the northern West Bank.  One of the victims reportedly was hit by a bullet meant for the driver.

The victims, all civilians, were wounded when the driver accelerated his car into a crowd waiting at a bus stop. The driver, identified as Sleiman Shahin, 22, from Ramallah, was shot and killed by Border Police officers stationed at the traffic junction, a main thoroughfare in the area.

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A civilian security guard was wounded later Sunday morning at the entrance to the West Bank city of Beitar Illit, when a Palestinian woman who stopped at the main entrance to show her ID to enter took a knife out of her bag and stabbed him in the chest.

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The attacker was identified by the Palestinian Maan news agency as Hilwa Salim Darwish, 22 from Husan village west of Bethlehem. Surveillance footage of the incident shows the woman talking to the guard as she reaches into her large purse for a butcher knife with which she then stabs him.  She was shot by the security guard and taken to Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem in Jerusalem after officers on the scene determined that she was not wearing an explosive device.

Later on Sunday, an Israeli man was stabbed in the West Bank village of Nebi Elias, located near the West Bank border town of Alfei Menashe and the central Israeli city of Kfar Saba, where he had reportedly stopped to shop. Two men reportedly jumped the man and stabbed him. The victim got into his car and drove to the nearby Eliyahu Crossing between Israel and the West Bank.

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