by: Kate Norman
Monday, 4 March 2019 | Two Israeli soldiers were injured in a terror attack in Judea and Samaria when three Palestinians in a car ran over the troops, whose car had broken down. The soldiers responded to the attack by opening fire, killing two of the terrorists and injuring the third, according to the Israeli military.
An Israel Defense Forces (IDF) officer was seriously injured, and a Border Police soldier was lightly injured in the attack.
The soldiers had just left the Palestinian village of Nima—northwest of Ramallah, the de facto capital of the Palestinian Authority (PA)—after carrying out arrest raids. Their vehicle broke down on the side of the road, and they reportedly had been standing outside of it trying to move it when they were rammed by the attackers.
Ynetnews reported that the soldiers were taken to a hospital outside of Tel Aviv for treatment. Head of the trauma center, Dr. Yoram Klein, said the IDF officer is in “serious but stable” condition after undergoing surgery.
Klein said the officer suffered wounds to his limbs and head, Ynetnews reported. “His life is not in danger and I hope he will recover without complications,” the doctor added.
The Border Police guard was lightly injured and released from the hospital later in the morning, the Times of Israel reported.
The PA identified the two slain terrorists as Amir Daraj, 20, and Yousef Inqawi, 20, and the third injured attacker as Haitham Juma al-Qom.
The Palestinian media approached the story from a slightly different angle. The headline in the Palestinian newspaper Wafa this morning read, “Two Palestinians Killed by Israeli Army West of Ramallah.”
The headline evokes the mental image of two unarmed, helpless Palestinians senselessly murdered by the big bad Israeli wolf, and the article half-heartedly mentions the terror attack carried out by Palestinians seconds before they were killed by the soldiers in response.
According to the IDF, the Palestinians had also thrown Molotov cocktails earlier in the evening at a security checkpoint near Route 443 in Jerusalem, and additional Molotov cocktails were found in their vehicle after the ramming attack.
Hamas, the terror organization in control of the Gaza Strip, quickly praised the attack.
“The two shaheeds (martyrs) who were killed in the early hours of the morning, in the west of Ramallah, emphasize that the rebellious youth in the West Bank (Judea and Samaria) will not rest until they achieve the full rights of our people and our holy places are liberated,” Ynetnews quoted Hamas spokesman Hazem Qassem.
“The plan to make Jerusalem Jewish will not pass,” he continued.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a statement condemning the attack and wishing the injured soldiers a speedy recovery. The Jewish state has a policy of responding to terror attacks by demolishing the terrorist’s home, a policy that Netanyahu said he will pursue in this case as well.
“I have ordered that the demolitions of these homes be speeded up in the context of the restrictions of the judicial system,” the prime minister continued. “We are determined to continue our vigorous struggle against the murderers and against terrorism everywhere.”
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin took to Twitter in response to the attack.
“Our prayers for the recovery of the IDF soldiers injured in the terrorist attack this morning at the end of operations to ensure our security. We will not accept terrorism nor will we be cowed by it. We will continue to fight it until it is defeated.”
Posted on March 4, 2019
Source: (Bridges for Peace, March 4, 2019)
Photo Credit: IDF blog/idf.il
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