Three Israeli soldiers were injured Wednesday evening after a Palestinian rammed his vehicle into them in what became the second terror attack of the day.
The soldiers were on patrol along Route 60 in Judea and Samaria. One soldier was in serious condition and two others in moderate condition. The soldiers were evacuated to Jerusalem hospitals for treatment. They are all expected to make full recoveries.
The soldiers were standing alongside the road when a vehicle driven by a Palestinian hit them. The soldiers were stationed near the Palestinian refugee camp of al-Aroub, south of Jerusalem, a police spokesman said.
A graphic video caught the attack on camera. The three soldiers are clearly visible when a white van proceeds to run them over at full speed. After plowing into the soldiers, the van sped off.
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The IDF confirmed that a manhunt was underway to search for the Palestinian driver. The driver abandoned his vehicle shortly after the attack, which was found later by IDF troops.
Israel Police and the IDF have set up roadblocks in the area of the attack. “The IDF is conducting a widespread search in the region to locate the…driver,” the army said in a statement.
On Thursday afternoon, the suspected driver turned himself in to security forces after members of his family, including his father, were arrested.
Hamas celebrated the attack on the soldiers, which came hours after a Palestinian from East Jerusalem ran over a group of pedestrians in Jerusalem. One person, a Border Police officer, was killed and 13 others injured.
The officer, Jedan Assad, 38, was from the Druze village of Beit Jann. He will be laid to rest Thursday afternoon. Assad is survived by his wife, who is five months pregnant, and a three-year-old boy.
The driver of the vehicle, Hamas terrorist Ibrahim al-Akary, was shot and killed by security forces nearby the attack.
So far, five people have been arrested by the IDF in connection to Wednesday afternoon’s attack. The five people are family members that are part of a terrorist cell from the villages of Beit Awa and Dura, located near Hebron.
Israel Radio reported that Hamas and other terror organizations are now launching a social media campaign to encourage more terror attacks using vehicles. The campaign, called “Daas,” which mean “run over” in Arabic, is also a play on “Daesh,” the Arabic acronym for ISIS.