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Palestinian Authority/Gaza, November 8, 2015

Five Israelis Wounded In Vehicular Terror Attack In West Bank

Original source

The Jerusalem Post

Five Israelis were wounded in a vehicular terror attack at the Tapuah junction in the Samaria region of the West Bank on Sunday morning.

Border police at the scene shot and killed the Palestinian driver.

"A short while ago, a terrorist arrived at a hitch-hiking post next to a roadblock at Tapuah [junction], accelerated his vehicle and hit a number of civilians who were standing there," Border Police said.

Magen David Adom said two men, 22, were moderately to seriously wounded. A third man, 23, was moderately wounded and a pregnant woman was lightly wounded.

The wounded were taken to Rabin Medical Center's Beilinson Campus in Petah Tikva. They are from Petah Tikiva, Nof Ayalon, Talmon and Yitzhar.

A young Israeli woman was also lightly injured by shards of glass.

A volunteer for United Hatzalah who was passing by the junction, Yaakov Selah, said he pulled his car over when he saw security forces racing to the scene of the attack so that he could help the wounded.

MDA paramedics Gil Bismuth and Avigail Mamliya said that when they arrived they found "the victims lying on the ground and fully conscious, but suffering from wounds to their extremities. The attacker's car, with the [dead] terrorist inside, was still nearby."

Angry settlers have since blocked the road by the nearby village of Hawara to protest the attack.

Samaria Region Council head Yossi Dagan said, "The terrorists are trying to push us out of the land with force." He reissued his call for the prime minister to respond to such attacks with announcements of new settlement construction.

More Jewish building is what will prevent future terror attacks, Dagan said.

Shortly before this incident, Border Police officers arrested a Palestinian man caught trying to scale a fence into Givat Hameyasdim in Ma'aleh Adumim, a spokesman for the Judea and Samaria police said.

The officers were responding to a call from a local security guard and fired into the air while arresting the man. The man, who police said is from the village of a-Ram, was not harmed in the incident.

Police said they are still trying to determine the man's motives.