A Border Police officer was seriously injured in a ramming attack on Wednesday night in Kalandiya north of Jerusalem, according to Israel Police.
The officer was taking part in operations to evacuate illegal structures in the village when a terrorist drove at a high speed towards the Israeli forces and struck the officer.
Border Police fired towards the vehicle and arrested the terrorist, a 22-year-old resident of Kalkilya, after he hit a wall. After initial questioning, the suspect was transferred for questioning by the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency). His condition is unclear.
The injured Border Police officer was transferred in moderate and stable condition, with injuries to his head and abdomen, to Sha'are Zedek Medical Center for treatment while conscious, according to Magen David Adom. The hospital updated on Thursday morning that the officer was in serious but stable condition.
"This attack is another reminder of the threats that exist in every operational activity and in every area of land in which we operate," said Israel Police Jerusalem district commander Doron Turjeman. "Our operational alertness and quick and determined response is the key to immediately neutralizing any threat and preventing harm to human life. In this case as well, the quick response and operational deployment of the operatives in the field prevented injury to additional operatives and led to a speedy end to the incident and the neutralization of the terrorist.
"We must continue to act resolutely in the face of any attempt to harm the forces or lives of the citizens of Israel," he said.
The attack comes amid a recent jump in terrorism in Jerusalem and the West Bank, with multiple attacks and attempted attacks reported in recent weeks, including a thwarted plot by Hamas operatives in the West Bank to carry out largescale terrorist attacks in Israel.