Two Israelis were injured in a terror attack Friday morning in the Gush Etzion area south of Jerusalem.
The victims, a 35-year-old man and a 70-year-old man, were injured in two separate ramming incidents at nearby junctions in Gush Etzion. The 17-year-old terrorist slammed into the 70-year-old man at the Efrat south junction, before proceeding to the Gush Etzion junction, where he ran down another pedestrian.
While the 70-year-old suffered light injuries, the second victim suffered serious head injuries, and will be undergoing brain surgery. He is currently listed in serious but stable condition.
The 70-year-old victim has been identified as David Ramati, a resident of Kiryat Arba, located near Hevron and south of Gush Etzion.
Ramati says he just barely managed to avoid serious injury at the hands of the terrorist.
“The terrorist drove past me, then made a U-turn, and at that point I understood that he was planning to attack me,” Ramati told Army Radio. “I realized that I didn’t have time to draw my gun, so I jumped the fence. While I was in the air [jumping the fence], he managed to run into me with his car.”
Ramati added that just before the terrorist rammed into him, the terrorist smiled at him.
“I saw the smile of the terrorist’s face. I told him ‘You’re not going to kill me today.’ I wasn’t afraid.”
The terrorist, a 17-year-old resident of the Palestinian Authority-controlled town of Halhul north of Kiryat Arba, was shot and critically wounded by IDF soldiers after he exited his vehicle and attempted to stab them.