A Palestinian driver crashed his car into a group of soldiers in the early hours of Thursday and wounded 12 before he fled, the Israeli army said. In the West Bank, two young men died after clashes with Israeli troops, according to Palestinian officials.
The rebound in violence between Israelis and Palestinians came a week after the president of the United States, Donald Trump, presented his plan for the Middle East, which is considered to favor Israel’s position and was rejected by the Palestinians. The project prompted calls from Israeli nationalists for the annexation of parts of the West Bank – lands that the Palestinians want to integrate into a future state – and caused tensions in the region.
One of the 12 injured in Jerusalem had a serious prognosis, while the others had minor injuries, said Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, an army spokesman. The incident was being treated as a “terrorist attack,” said police spokesman Nicky Rosenfeld, who said Israeli forces were looking for the aggressor.RELATED
A 19-year-old boy died and six others were injured in clashes in the West Bank city of Jenin, according to Palestinian hospital officials. In another incident in the city, a member of the Palestinian security forces who was shot by Israeli soldiers died later. The deaths occurred hours after Israeli forces shot another 17-year-old Palestinian during clashes with protesters in another part of the West Bank on the eve.
“Attacks from Gaza, an attack in Jerus alem, indications of an increase in hostile activity in Jenin. Yesterday frictions in Hebron. We are not trying to escalate the situation although we understand the complexity and sensitivity of the situation, ”said Conricus, who did not directly link the episodes of violence with Trump’s plan.
In the outrage in Jerusalem, the soldiers participated in a night “educational visit” and walked near a popular restaurant and leisure area in Jerusalem when the driver crashed his car against them and fled.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised that the aggressor will be captured. “It’s only a matter of time, and not much time,” he said in a statement.
These types of attacks were common in Jerusalem during a wave of low-profile attacks in the last decade, but there had been no outrage in years.
Conricus explained that the troops were tearing down the home in the West Bank of an insurgent who perpetrated a lethal aggression. “Considerable disturbances” were recorded when the Palestinians threw incendiary bombs at the soldiers, who were also attacked by snipers. The Israelis responded to violence with their own snipers, the spokesperson said, adding that a Palestinian shooter was shot down.
Conricus could not confirm whether the 19-year-old was the sniper, but reported an “increase in intensity” in the means used against Israeli soldiers in the West Bank.
Jenin’s governor, Akram Rajoub, said the young man, who was studying at a police academy, was throwing stones at the soldiers.
On the other hand, an exchange of gunfire in Jenin caused injuries to a member of the Palestinian security forces, said the spokesman, who said he was unaware of the circumstances in which the confrontation occurred or if the wounded had attacked the soldiers. The incident was being investigated, he said.
Also on Thursday, Israel attacked position Israel attacked positions of the Hamas insurgent group in the Gaza Strip in response to the launch of three mortar bombs into its territory. No victims were reported immediately.
The Associated Press journalist Mohammed Daraghmeh in Ramallah, the West Bank, contributed to this office.