Scene of the attack, next to Alon Shvut in Gush Etzion
Scene of the attack, next to Alon Shvut in Gush EtzionGush Etzion Council

Four teenage boys have been wounded after being run over by a Palestinian Arab motorist in a car terror attack, at the entrance to the town of Alon Shvut in Gush Etzion, south of Jerusalem.

Three of the victims - all 16-year-old students - are all described in light to moderate condition; the fourth is in serious condition.

Magen David Adom (MDA) paramedics arrived on the scene and evacuated them to the Shaare Tzedek and Hadassah Medical Centers in the capital.

MDA paramedics Yoni Silman and Abba Richman relayed the scene: "When we got there, we saw at the junction on the side of the road, near a bus stop, three boys of about 16 lying on the ground. They were fully conscious and suffering injuries mainly to the face, the pelvic region, and the lower extremities."

"We gave them emergency first aid and with the help of IDF forces who arrived on the scene we evacuated them to Shaare Tzedek Medical Center and Hadassah Medical Center. One was in moderate condition; the other two light to moderate. They were apparently studying in the area and were on their way home."

The Palestinian driver fled the scene immediately after committing the attack, but was detained by security forces shortly after. A resident of Hevron (Hebron), he is now being interrogated by the Israel Security Agency. 

IDF soldiers at the scene of the attack

Alon Shvut Junction is the site from which three Israeli teens - Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Sha'er and Naftali Frenkel - were kidnapped and ultimately murdered by Hamas terrorists last summer.

The use of cars and other vehicles as deadly weapons by "lone wolf" Palestinian terrorists has become increasingly frequent over the past year, with several Israelis murdered and dozens injured in a string of similar "car terror" incidents.

In October last year, an attack close to the site of today's incident killed 26-year-old Tekoa resident Dalia Lemkos.

Last month, an attack by an Arab motorist in Jerusalem killed 25-year-old Shalom Sherki and left his date, 20-year-old Shira Klein, in critical condition.