Friday 15 December 2017

Three Israeli soldiers hurt after being hit by car

A wounded soldier is taken to hospital in Jerusalem yesterday.
A wounded soldier is taken to hospital in Jerusalem yesterday.

Robert Tait in Jerusalem

Three Israeli soldiers were hurt - two of them seriously - after a Palestinian motorist careered into them at a junction in the West Bank yesterday just a few miles from where suspected Jewish settlers carried out a deadly arson attack almost a week ago.

Israeli forces opened fire on the vehicle after it struck the soldiers on Highway 60, near Sinjil and close to the settlement of Shiloh, causing it to overturn and leaving the driver seriously injured.

The Israeli army said it believed the driver had deliberately run into the soldiers, two of whom were reported to be in a serious condition with head and internal injuries. They were taken to hospital by helicopter.

There have been a series of drive-by attacks by Palestinians in East Jerusalem and the West Bank since last autumn.

The latest incident happened close to the village of Duma, where a one-year-old Palestinian child was burned to death in a fire-bomb attack on his home last Friday that left his parents and four-year-old brother fighting for their lives.

Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, praised the army's response to the incident while accusing the international community of double standards. "I find it puzzling that those who were so quick to denounce terror against Palestinians are silent when the terror is aimed at Jews," he said.

Earlier, four Palestinian men from one family were killed by a blast in a house in Rafah in southern Gaza that Hamas officials suggested may have been caused by an unexploded Israeli bomb dropped during last summer's bloody war in the coastal territory. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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