An Israeli woman is dead after she was mowed down by a Palestinian driver who fled the scene and left the woman to die.
The apparent vehicular jihad took place on Thursday near the Jewish community of Havat Gilad in central Samaria.
“United Hatzalah EMS volunteers performed CPR on a woman who was critically injured in a car-ramming incident near Havat Gilad. Unfortunately, following a lengthy resuscitative effort, paramedics at the scene were forced to pronounce her death due to the severity of her injuries,” United Hatzalah said in a statement.
United Hatzalah is the largest independent, non-profit, fully volunteer Emergency Medical Service that provides free emergency medical response throughout Israel.
Israel Defense Forces confirmed the car-ramming incident in a statement on Twitter, erected roadblocks at the entrance of the Palestinian city of Nablus, and inspected vehicles in an effort to locate suspects.
Initial report: moments ago, a car-ramming incident occurred near the community of Havat Gilad. The details of the incident are being looked into
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) August 16, 2018
A senior Palestinian Authority (PA) official confirmed that a 63-year-old male had turned himself into the police and insisted that he “accidentally” ran the Jewish woman over. According to the official, the man is in custody and will face the PA judicial system. However, authorities have not yet released his name.
Samaria Regional Council chairman Yossi Dagan insisted the incident was a terror attack.
“From the point of view of the military commanders in the field, and from our point of view as well, this is a terror attack for all intents and purposes,” he claimed.
The leader of the community in Samaria also believes the car ramming was an act of terrorism given the fact that there were no apparent skid marks to indicate that the driver slammed on the brakes or made an attempt to slow down. “This is another terror attack, a cold-blooded murder of a Samaria resident on a central road in the State of Israel.”
A spokesperson for the Samaria Regional Council said the woman was killed by the Palestinian driver near the site of a terrorist attack that took place in January, when Rabbi Raziel Shevach was shot dead by a Hamas terrorist.
Israeli security forces are investigating the woman’s death.
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