Hamas hails 'heroic' ramming attack that killed Israeli in West Bank

Palestinian media names suspected assailant.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
April 6, 2017 12:15
1 minute read.
A Palestinian from the Islamic group Hamas wears a belt of simulated explosives

A Palestinian from the Islamic group Hamas carries the holy book the Koran tucked into a belt of simulated explosives. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user uxperience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew, Ivrit
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Repor
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

Hamas praised a vehicular ramming attack that killed one Israeli and wounded another in the Binyamin region of the West Bank on Thursday.

“We bless this heroic ramming attack at the Ofra intersection near Ramallah, which is a response to the continued crimes of the Zionist occupation at the expense of our people,” said Hamas spokesman Abdul-Latif Qanou.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


The motorist suspected of intentionally plowing into the victims was detained by Israeli authorities at the scene.

Soon after the assault, another Hamas spokesperson, Hazem Qassim, said that terror attacks against Jewish targets would continue, declaring that the use of violence "will only end with freedom."
Scene of ramming attack in Ofra junction, April 6, 2017 (credit: MDA)

"Once again, the Jerusalem Intifada proves that it isn't a passing event, but rather a Palestinian decision to continue the struggle until freedom from occupation."

"There is no safety for the occupation army or settlers as long as they deny our rights, occupy our land, and attack our people and its holy sites," he added.

The attack occurred on Thursday morning near a bus stop on Route 60, just outside of the Ofra settlement, according to authorities.



Magen David Adom said that the two victims were young men. The second victim, 19, was fully conscious after what the IDF said was an intentional attack.

He was taken to Hadasah Medical Center in Jerusalem's Mt. Scopus and was whisked into surgery.

The suspected attacker was quickly taken into custody by security forces and is still alive.

The suspected Palestinian assailant was named by the Palestinian Authority military liaison as Malik Hamad, 22, from the West Bank town of Silwad, according to Palestinian news site Wafa.

The attack comes as Israeli officials have warned of a possible increase in violence surrounding the Passover holiday. Security forces regularly step up their preparedness prior to the holidays, regularly imposing closure on the West Bank as there is often an uptick in tensions and violence.

Tovah Lazaroff and Adam Rasgon contributed to this report.

Related Content

Basketball
July 20, 2018
Latest Israeli hoops protégé Deni Avdija finding his wings

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN