Palestinian officials said that a Palestinian driver drove his vehicle into two locations south of Jericho in the West Bank Sunday afternoon, wounding five of them before being shot dead.
Police and the Israeli army said the Palestinian attacker first rammed soldiers near Nabi Musa, then continued driving and crashed his car into a bus stop at Almog Junction.
Magen David Adom Ambulance Service said its paramedics were transporting five victims, all in their 20s, to hospitals in Jerusalem.
Magen David Adom added that two were listed in moderate condition, while the rest had minor injuries.
The Israeli military said troops shot the attacker after the initial attack near Nabi Musa, but he fled and raided a bus stop at Almog Junction, where he was shot by a police officer and another armed civilian.
Hadassah Mount Scopus Medical Center said the attacker was taken to hospital in a serious condition before he died several hours later.
The attack came hours after a Palestinian carried out a shooting attack near the West Bank settlement of Kiryat Arba on Saturday night.
In that attack, Muhammad Kamel al-Jabari, an apparent member of Hamas, opened fire on a Jewish father and son who were shopping in a Palestinian-owned store, between Kiryat Arba and the nearby city of Hebron. He then left the scene by car and returned on foot several minutes later, opening fire on paramedics and settlement security guards who arrived at the scene to assist the two.
Al-Jabari killed the father, who was later named Ronen Hanania, and wounded four other people, one of whom was in serious condition – a paramedic. Among the wounded was a Palestinian.
In the predawn hours of Sunday, Israeli forces mapped Jabari’s home – the first step before its possible demolition – in Hebron. The Israeli military said forces also arrested Jabari’s brother on suspicion of involvement in the attack.
The attacks came amid rising tensions in the West Bank.
In recent months, Palestinian militants have repeatedly targeted military sites, forces operating along the West Bank security barrier, Israeli settlements, and civilians on the roads.
The counter-terrorism campaign launched earlier this year focused on the northern West Bank resulted in the arrest of more than 2,000 people in near-night raids.
It also left more than 125 Palestinians dead, many – but not all – while carrying out attacks or during clashes with security forces.
The Israeli army’s offensive against terrorism in the West Bank began following a series of Palestinian attacks that killed 19 people earlier this year.
Another Israeli was killed in a suspected attack last month and four soldiers were killed in the West Bank in attacks and during arrests.
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