Three Wounded in Car Attack Near Chevron

YERUSHALAYIM (Hamodia Staff) -

Three Israeli Border Police officers were wounded in a hit-and-run terror attack at the Beit Anoun Junction on Route 60, north of Kiryat Arba, near Chevron on Sunday.

One officer was moderately injured, and the others lightly hurt, after the vehicle slammed into them, according to Magen David Adom. Paramedics treated them at the scene, then transferred them by ambulance to Hadassah University Medical Center in Ein Kerem and Shaare Zedek Medical Center in the capital.

An IDF manhunt, including roadblocks, was launched immediately. The driver, who had fled the scene, turned himself in to security forces several hours later, on Sunday evening.

It was the second terrorist attack on Sunday, at the same site.

A Palestinian was shot and killed after he tried to stab IDF soldiers at the Beit Anoun Junction. According to the IDF, the incident occurred during Palestinian riots in the area. No Israelis were wounded in that attack.

Yochai Damari, the head of the Mount Chevron Regional Council, voiced his frustration at the failure of security forces to act effectively to prevent such attacks:

“We, the heads of the Regional Councils in the area, warned again and again the relevant people of the danger that this traffic circle poses, and we offered alternative solutions,” he said.

“Cars come to the traffic circle, are forced to slow down, and get pelted with rocks and Molotov cocktails, which then requires large numbers of military forces,” he added.

“It’s important to note that this traffic circle was built with the help and funding of the European Union. I again ask that the government of Israel immediately close these dangerous places to traffic. It is unacceptable that soldiers and citizens are killed and wounded because of allowances for our enemies’ comfort.”