(March 16, 2018 / JNS) Two Israeli Defense Forces soldiers have been killed and two others seriously injured in a car-ramming terror attack on Friday outside of the Jewish settlement of Mevo Dotan in northern Samaria.
“Car ramming incident adjacent to the community of Reihan, west of Jenin. There are a number of casualties at the scene,” the IDF Spokesperson Unit wrote on Twitter.
Magen David Adom medics on the scene applied first aid to the injured before evacuating them to the Rabin Medical Center in Petach Tikvah. According to hospital officials, one was injured seriously with a head wound and the other has sustained moderate wounds.
The suspected terrorist, a Palestinian man in his 20s from the town of Barta’a, was captured and questioned at the scene before being taken to a hospital near Hadera.
The terror attack was the second one in two weeks, following an attack in Akko earlier this month that injured an Israeli border police officer and two soldiers.
The Palestinian terror group Hamas praised the attack, saying that it “proves our people’s readiness to continue the Jerusalem intifada.”
The attack comes amid “day of rage” protests in the disputed territories tied to the 100th-day anniversary of U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem in December.
Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon quickly condemned the terror attack, while calling on the international community to urge the Palestinians to end their payments to terrorists and their families.
“As long as the Palestinian Authority continues to pay hundreds of millions of dollars to terrorists who kill Israelis, we will continue to see such heinous attacks,” said Ambassador Danon. “The international community must condemn this hateful act of terror and demand that the Palestinian leadership finally put an end to the despicable practice of ‘pay to slay,’” the Ambassador concluded.