An Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldier was wounded on Thursday, May 14, in a suspected vehicle-ramming attack near the West Bank settlement of Negohot, around 10 km (6 mi) southwest of Hebron. The incident reportedly occurred when a car was driven at speed toward a group of IDF personnel standing at an observation post outside the settlement. The driver was wounded when other IDF soldiers opened fire on the vehicle and later died of his injuries.
A heightened security presence is to be anticipated in the area over the coming hours. Further such attacks cannot be ruled out.
The latest suspected attack follows several violent incidents in the West Bank in recent days and comes a day before Nakba (catastrophe), on which Palestinians commemorate the creation of the state of Israel. Nakba typically sees an increase in violence in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, but tensions have been particularly elevated in 2020 due to political developments in Israel and the potential annexation of parts of the West Bank.
Individuals in Israel and the Palestinian Territories are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all public demonstrations as a precaution, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments.
Some Western governments advise their citizens against all travel to the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and areas near the Israeli-Lebanese, Israeli-Syrian, and Israeli-Egyptian borders.
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