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    Israeli Soldier Wounded in Car-Ramming Attack in West Bank - Reports

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    According to reports, a vehicle has fled the scene after hitting a soldier at a security checkpoint near the Shavei Shomron settlement. Security forces have launched a search for the driver.

    An Israeli soldier has been lightly wounded in a car-ramming attack in the West Bank and has been evacuated from the scene, according to the Israel Defense Forces.

    Paramedics arrived at the scene and, along with IDF medics, provided treatment to the 20-year-old, who had suffered light bruises to his limbs.

    ​The IDF spokesperson’s unit confirmed reports that an attempt had been made to run over an Israeli soldier standing at a security checkpoint near the settlement.

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