JERUSALEM (VINnews) — An Israeli youth was murdered and several others injured in a ramming attack by a terrorist driving a commercial truck Thursday morning near the Maccabim checkpoint on Route 443 to Modiin.
One of the victims was critically injured and died of his wounds shortly afterward. One other person was moderately to seriously injured, and the others were lightly injured. The victims have been evacuated to Shaare Zedek Medical Center and Sheba Medical Center.
The IDF reported that three of those injured were IDF soldiers. Their families have been notified.
The terrorist who drove the truck continued to drive past the checkpoint as security forces chased after him. He was eventually eliminated near the Hashmnoaim checkpoint nearly 10 km from the scene of the attack. Police officials later commented that the driver was a 41-year-old Palestinian man from Judea who held a valid work permit for entering Israel.
Initial reports said that about 3 pedestrians had been hit by a vehicle near the Maccabim checkpoint in the direction of Modi’in. MDA EMTs and paramedics provided medical treatment and evacuated the victims to the hospital.
This is the fourth terrorist attack in less than a day, with one person murdered and eleven others injured in those attacks. The month of August saw an upsurge in attacks with 5 Israelis murdered and dozens injured.