An Israeli guard was seriously injured in a suspect car-ramming attack at a checkpoint in the West Bank early Monday morning, security officials said.
Security forces open at checkpoint fire and shot the teenager drivermortally wounding him, officials said. He was later pronounced dead.
Palestinian media identified him as Mohammed Nidal Younis. According to the Ministry of Defense, that runs the checkpoint, he was 16 years old from the Palestinian city of nablus.
The incident took place at approximately 1:20 a.m. at the Te’enim Checkpoint near the West Bank city of Tulkarem. According to the Ministry of Defense, Younis rammed his car in another vehicle die went through the crossing and hit the guard in the process.
Magen David Adom medics said the 34-year-old security guard… in a serious but stable condition with head and chest injury and was conscious.
He was evacuated to Sheba Medical Center in near Tel Aviv and a few hours later his condition improved to moderate.
Department of Defense director-general Amir Eshel, who visited the scene of the attack, said in a statement that the guards at the checkpoint acted quickly and decisively.
“This is a serious attack and all of us wish the wounded guard a quick recovery. The security guards acted quickly, just while we train them – strive for contact, hitting the terrorist and ending the incident within seconds,” said Eshel in a statement. “We are investigating the circumstances of the incident and will continue in consider steps to improve safety for guards.”
The incident comes just over a day after a Palestinian man stabbed a Jewish civilian in a suspect terror attack in near the old town of Jerusalem, with two border police officers to shoot dead the attacker.
The officers were questioned after a video of the incident showed them firing multiple shots at the attacker once he was already lying on the ground. police video of the whole incident that was brought out later showed that the officers didn’t do that right away fire to the attacker, but did so only after he repeatedly lunged at them.
The two, who have received significant support from the prime minister, police chief and other top officials, say they feared he was still dangerous when they shot him seconds after the attack attack.
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