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Car Terrorist Hands Himself in to Security Forces

Palestinian responsible for attack on soldiers in Gush Etzion turns himself in.

Ari Soffer,

IDF soldier on guard on site of the attack
IDF soldier on guard on site of the attack
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The terrorist responsible for Wednesday night's car attack on a group of soldiers in the Gush Etzion region, south of Jerusalem, has reportedly handed himself in to Israeli security forces, and has been transferred for interrogation.

"The Palestinian suspected of running over the three soldiers last night turned himself into the security forces and has been taken for investigation," an army statement said.

It comes as IDF forces tightened the noose on their prime suspect, arresting his father and brother in an early-morning raid near Hevron Thursday.

The terrorist responsible has been named as Hamam Mesalmeh, according to Israel Radio.

The attack occurred at around 10:00 p.m. Wednesday night when the driver of a large van ran over a group of soldiers as they were on duty near a guard stand outside the Arab village of Kafr Al-Arub. 

The driver then fled from the scene, driving southward. Security forces located the car a short time later, but the driver was nowhere to be found.

Three IDF soldiers were injured injured - one of whom is still in critical condition.

It followed a similar terror attack earlier in Jerusalem, when a Hamas terrorist drove his car into two separate groups of Israeli pedestrians, killing Border Patrol officer Jedan Assad, and injured 13 others. Two people are in critical condition and three in moderate condition from that attack.




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