Ramming suspect nabbed in West Bank amid fresh attacks

(JTA) — Israeli security forces arrested a man they said confessed to carrying out a terrorist attack against four soldiers in the West Bank.

The attack occurred Thursday near the settlement of Beit Aryeh and resulted in serious injury to one Israel Defense Forces soldier and minor injuries to three others. The perpetrator rammed them with a car, Army Radio reported.

The Israeli Security Agency, or Shin Bet, arrested the suspect with IDF and police officers in a West Bank village on Thursday night. The man, who is said to be affiliated with Hamas, confessed to the actions attributed to him, Army Radio reported.

On Friday, an unidentified assailant opened fire on IDF soldiers near Jenin in the northern West Bank. The soldiers, who were not hit, fired back at the shooter, who was reportedly wounded but managed to escape in a getaway car driven by another person. Large army and police forces are searching for the car and suspected shooter. Another assailant tried to run over Israeli soldiers in the Central West Bank within minutes of that attack. He was moderately injured and captured without injuring any of his intended victims.

Israel’s agriculture minister, Uri Ariel, said Friday during a radio interview that Palestinians should not be allowed to drive in and around Gush Etzion Junction south of Jerusalem, which saw many similar attacks in recent weeks. “It shouldn’t be seen as a punishment, but as a temporary security measure,” he said.

In November, Shin Bet recorded 326 terrorist attacks that resulted in the death of 10 victims and several Palestinian perpetrators. The previous month, a total of 620 terrorist attacks on Israelis ended with the death of 11 victims. Dozens of Palestinians also were killed in clashes with security services or while perpetrating attacks.

The bloodshed was the continuation of a massive surge in attacks that occurred in September.

On Friday, Jerusalem prosecutors indicted a 16-year-old Palestinian girl with attempted murder. Last month, she stabbed a Palestinian man she mistook for a Jew at a local market with a pair of scissors, before attempting to also stab a 94-year-old Jew. She carried out the attack with another female relative, who was shot dead during the attack.

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