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March 4, 2019 7:54 am

IDF Officer Critically Wounded in Car-Ramming Attack Near Ramallah

avatar by Reuters and Algemeiner Staff

Israeli soldiers gather at the scene of Monday’s car-ramming incident near Ramallah, in the West Bank, March 4, 2019. Photo: Reuters / Mohamad Torokman.

Three Palestinians deliberately drove a car into Israeli troops in the West Bank on Monday and two of the attackers were shot dead after critically injuring an officer, the Israeli military said.

The Palestinian Authority Foreign Ministry claimed the two men were shot in cold blood in “a brutal execution.”

Describing the incident as a car-ramming, the IDF said a third Palestinian in the vehicle was wounded after the troops opened fire.

Palestinians, many of them individuals without known associations with terrorist groups, carried out a wave of car-rammings in the West Bank in late 2015 and 2016, but the frequency of such incidents has since decreased.

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In Monday’s incident, the Israeli military said the soldiers were targeted after they had stopped their own vehicle on the roadside at night about 10 kilometers (six miles) northwest of Ramallah. Israeli media reported their car had broken down.

Soldiers fired at the Palestinian car after the ramming, killing two of its occupants, a military spokeswoman said.

In addition to the Israeli officer who was seriously hurt, a soldier was slightly injured, the military said.

Later, the military said in a separate statement that just prior to the attack, Palestinians in the car had thrown firebombs at an Israeli checkpoint and that additional Molotov cocktails had been found in the vehicle.

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