As a result of a car collision on the west bank of the Jordan River, an officer was seriously injured.  attacker shot dead – IDF

As a result of a car collision on the west bank of the Jordan River, an officer was seriously injured. attacker shot dead – IDF

As a result of a car collision on the west bank of the Jordan River, an officer was seriously injured. attacker shot dead – IDF

An Israel Defense Forces officer was seriously injured Wednesday morning in an attack on a vehicle at a West Bank checkpoint east of the Israeli town of Modi’in and near the Jordan River settlement of Beit Horon.

Footage of the incident at the Bell checkpoint, where routes 4436 and 4437 from Beit Ur and Ramallah hit Route 443 on the main Jerusalem-Tel Aviv highway, showed the van hitting the officer before the driver got out of the vehicle and appeared to try. attack the victim with a cock.

Then the wounded officer shot the Palestinian attacker, killing him.

He was named by Palestinian media as Habas Rayan, 54, from the West Bank village of Beit Duku. Israeli media reports that two of his sons have served time in prison for terror offenses and one of them is still behind bars.

The officer, in his 20s, was taken to Shaare Zedek Hospital in Jerusalem, where medical officials said he was in serious but stable condition.

The incident occurred a day after Israel’s national elections, during which the border crossings between the West Bank and Israel were closed for Palestinians. The closure of the crossings was completed between Tuesday and Wednesday midnight.

As a result of a car collision on the west bank of the Jordan River, an officer was seriously injured.  attacker shot dead – IDF

A wallet used by a Palestinian attacker is seen at the scene of a car attack at the Bel checkpoint near Modiin on November 2, 2022.

The attack also took place amid tensions in the West Bank.

SundayA Palestinian driver rammed his car into Israeli soldiers in two neighborhoods south of the West Bank city of Jericho, wounding five of them, before being shot dead.

In terrorist attack on SaturdayIsraeli Ronen Hanania was shot dead Saturday night while visiting a shop between the West Bank settlement of Kiryat Arba and the neighboring city of Hebron after a Palestinian gunman opened fire. The terrorist was run over by a security guard and killed an off-duty soldier.

In recent months, Palestinian militants have also repeatedly targeted military posts, troops operating along the West Bank security barrier, Israeli settlements and civilians on roads.

Israeli troops are active in the West Bank as of November 2, 2022. (Israel Defense Forces)

The counter-terrorism crackdown, which began earlier this year and focuses on the northern West Bank, has led to more than 2,000 arrests in almost nightly raids.

It has also killed more than 125 Palestinians, most, but not all, in attacks or clashes with security forces.

The IDF’s counter-terrorism offensive in the West Bank follows a series of Palestinian attacks that killed 19 people earlier this year.

Another Israeli was killed in a suspected attack in September, and four soldiers were killed in attacks and arrest operations in the West Bank.

Troops arrested 10 wanted Palestinians and seized several firearms during raids in the West Bank early Wednesday, the military said.

Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

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