Thursday, March 16, 2017

Palestinian Attempts Car-ramming Attack

A Palestinian woman attempted to ram into Israeli security forces, who responded with gunfire, in the West Bank on Wednesday afternoon, according to Israel's military.

The driver, identified as 16-year-old Fatma Jibril Ayed from southern Bethlehem, was shot and taken to a hospital in serious condition, according to medics. Israel's emergency medical service said a pregnant woman suffered an anxiety attack during the incident, but no physical injuries were immediately reported.

The incident occurred at the Gush Etzion intersection in the West Bank, which has been the site of numerous attacks in the past year and a half, although they have become less frequent in the past few months.

A wave of violence that broke out in October 2015 has killed 255 Palestinians, 40 Israelis, two Americans, one Jordanian, an Eritrean and a Sudanese national, according to an AFP count. Most of the Palestinians who lost their lives were carrying out knife, gun or car-ramming attacks, according to the Israeli authorities. Others were killed during protests, in clashes or Israeli air raids on Gaza. Violence has greatly subsided in recent months, despite sporadic attacks.

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