A Palestinian driver drove into a crowded bus stop outside the town of Ofra, north of Jerusalem, Thursday, killing one IDF soldier and wounding another. The attacker was neutralized and lightly wounded, and taken into custody by IDF forces at the scene. The wounded soldier was evacuated to Hadassah University Medical Center at Mount Scopus.
Magen David Adom paramedic Ilan Klein told TPS “This was a very bad incident. [When I arrived, I found] a young man, about 20 years old, lying unconscious on the ground, with no pulse and badly wounded. We tried to resuscitate him but were had no choice but to declare him dead.
“Nearby, another man, also about 20 years old, was lying nearby, wounded in the legs but conscious. Together with IDF medics, we administered first aid and evacuated him to Jerusalem,” Klein said.
Another first responder, United Hatzalah EMT Nachum Bienenfeld added that emergency teams found the Palestinian vehicle overturned in a ditch near the bus stop.
“The Palestinian vehicle had come up on the sidewalk, and rammed into a group of soldiers who were standing near the bus stop,” Bienenfeld said. “The vehicle had continued and landed in a ditch by the side of the road. Security poles that had been set up near the bus stop due to a previous ramming attack that had taken place at that bus stop prevented injury to other civilians who were standing at the bus stop.”
Hamas praised the attack, calling it a “response to Israel’s crimes against the Palestinian people and a direct continuation of its heroism in the al-Quds Intifada.” The organization was using a common term to refer to the escalation in violence that began in October 2015.