The Israeli army said that three soldiers were injured, on Wednesday at night, in what seems to be “a hit-and-run attack,” near the al-‘Arroub refugee camp, north of the southern West Bank city of Hebron.
The army said one of the soldiers suffered a serious injury, and that the accident was a deliberate attack against the soldiers. Soldiers initiated a search campaign in an attempt to locate the driver.
The army said the Palestinian car sped towards the Al-‘Arroub refugee camp, and that the soldiers installed a number of roadblocks in the area, closed the main road between Beit Ummar and Halhoul towns, and initiated a search campaign.
The soldiers stopped and searched hundreds of cars and investigated the ID cards of the passenger.
The area where the incident took place witnesses frequent Israeli military invasions and clashes between the invading soldiers and local Palestinian youths.
Hours before the Hebron incident, a Palestinian driver rammed several Israelis at a light-rail stop in occupied Jerusalem killing a police officer and wounding 14 Israelis.
Israeli officials said the attack; including the recent attempted killing of fanatic rabbi Yehuda Glick near the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem is the “outcome of incitement by Palestinian officials against Israel.”
The recent escalating violence, tension and clashes in occupied Jerusalem come following dangerously increasing invasions, and provocative tours, by Israeli extremists invading the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, while local Muslim worshipers are largely denied access to the mosque due to these invasions, while the army has detained many worshipers, including mosque guards, women and elderly.
The police and army also kidnapped dozens of Palestinians in the yards of the mosque, and even fired gas bombs and concussion grenades into the mosque itself causing various injuries.
Also on Wednesday, dozens of Palestinians suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation, and many were injured by stun grenades and rubber-coated metal bullets, during clashes that took place in the Al-Aqsa compound after scores of soldiers stormed it.
At least nine of the wounded Palestinians were moved to the Al-Maqassed Islamic Hospital in Jerusalem; two of the wounded suffered injuries in their eyes, while 32 were injured by shrapnel, or due to the effects of tear gas inhalation.