Israeli Border Police officer, 20, seriously injured in car-ramming attack

Marcy Oster

JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Israeli Border Police officer was critically injured in a car-ramming attack in the West Bank near Hebron.

The driver, who swerved his vehicle into the path of a group of Israelis waiting Wednesday afternoon at the Halhul traffic junction on Route 60, a main West Bank thoroughfare, was shot and killed at the scene. He was identified as a Palestinian man, 22, from the Tulkarem area of the West Bank.

Magen David Adom described the 20-year-old as in severe condition. He was taken to Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital in Jerusalem, where he was listed in serious condition with multiple injuries.

A second man also was hit in the attack but did not require treatment.

On Tuesday, the Gilboa crossing near Jenin in the West Bank and Afula in northern Israel was closed after a man threatened security forces with a knife and a pipe bomb. Several attempted stabbing attacks have taken place at the crossing.

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