7 wounded after Palestinian car tries to flee Israeli forces near settlement

21:00 Feb 13 2016 near Ma'aleh Adumim settlement

Israeli police stand at the scene of an alleged car ramming attack near Jerusalem, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016. Credit: AP Published by Haaretz

The scene of a suspected car-ramming attack near Ma'aleh Adumim, February 13, 2016. Credit: MDA Jerusalem Published by Haaretz

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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces opened fire at a Palestinian vehicle after it ran into an Israeli border police jeep near the Maale Adumim settlement east of Jerusalem on Saturday, Israeli police said.

Israeli police spokeswoman Luba al-Samri told Ma’an that Israeli border police noticed two Palestinians crossing over the separation wall near the al-Zayyim checkpoint on Saturday, before getting aboard a car. When Israeli troops approached the vehicle, al-Samri said, it tried to escape, running into an Israeli military jeep in the process and lightly injuring four Israeli border guards.

The Israeli border guards opened fire at the vehicle, injuring two Palestinians while a third sustained bruising.

All three Palestinians, one of whom had Israeli citizenship, were detained, and the road was closed in both directions, Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said, adding that security forces were at the scene.

Four Israeli Officers Wounded in Suspected West Bank Attack

Four Border Police officers were lightly wounded in a suspected car-ramming attack on the road leading from Jerusalem to the settlement of Ma’aleh Adumim, near the Metzudat Adumim base Saturday afternoon, emergency services said.

One Border Police officer was wounded when the suspects’ car attempted to run over the police force and three others were injured from the impact, when the car collided into the police vehicle blocking their escape route, police added.

The victims were treated at the scene, the Magen David Adom ambulance service said.

The suspected attack was carried out by three Palestinians, who were shot by the police force. Two suffered light wounds and one was moderately wounded, according to the MDA report.

A preliminary investigation suggests that the police spotted two Palestinians crossing the security fence and heading to a car waiting for them on the Israeli side. A Border Police response force was dispatched to the scene, and a car chase ensued.

The police officers began chasing the suspects on foot after the cars were trapped in a traffic jam. When the suspects saw the policemen closing in on them, they tried to flee, hitting a civilian car. Police said the officers then opened fire on the suspects after they attempted to run them over.

The suspects continued driving, crossing to the opposite lane where they collided with a Border Police vehicle blocking the road.
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