(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Five Israeli soldiers were wounded in a Palestinian vehicular ramming attack at the entrance to the Arab village of Beit Ummar near Hebron on Friday. The attack took place hours after a terrorist ran down two soldiers near Kfar Adumim.
In the first attack, shortly before 7 a.m., the soldiers were lightly to moderately injured, and the terrorist was shot dead by security forces. In the second attack, four of the victims sustained moderate wounds and a fifth was lightly injured. The assailant was shot and killed by security forces.
Rescue efforts were hindered by a crowd of Palestinian rioters who surrounded the victims and hurled rocks and firebombs at security forces.
The terrorist behind the first attack was 30-year-old Fadi Hasib of the Ramallah area. Hasib's brother was recently killed after stabbing an Israeli at an intersection across from the site of Friday's ramming attack. An initial investigation into Friday's attack revealed that Hasib had also tried to stab Israelis before he was neutralized.
Paramedics were called to the scene and administered first aid to the victims. They were then evacuated to two separate hospitals in the area.
The two soldiers wounded in the first attack had recently immigrated to Israel from the U.S. and Germany with the Tzabar scouts program. They had enlisted in the Paratroopers and Golani brigades just this week.