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Palestinian Authority/Gaza, April 19, 2017

One more Palestinian vehicular terror attack - rams car into bus, injuring One Israeli

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A 60-year-old Israeli lightly injured his head in a vehicular terror attack at a bus stop the Gush Etzion junction on Wednesday evening.

Security forces at the scene fatally shot the Palestinian driver who had rammed a grey-four door hatchback into the back of a bus. 

A photo of the car showed a glass window shattered from the impact and a knife in the car's coffee holder. The IDF confirmed that a knife had been found in the vehicle.

Magen David paramedic Shmuel Daniel said upon arrival he saw the victim on the ground "conscious" but "confused."  Witnesses described how he had been hit as he stood behind the bus, Daniel said.

Magen David Adom transported both the Israeli civilian and the terrorist to the Sha'are Medical Center emergency room.

The hospital spokeswoman said that doctors were unable to save the driver's life and pronounced him dead shortly after his arrival. 

According to Ma'an News Agency the driver was Suhaib Moussa Mashour Mashahra, 21, from the village of al-Sawahira outside of Jerusalem.

The Gush Etzion spokesperson said the incident marks the second such attack at the junction in the last month.

It follows two fatal attacks in April. One in which a British tourist was stabbed to death on the Jerusalem Light Rail Hannah Bladon.  In the second Sgt. Elchai Teharlev was killed in a car ramming attack while guarding a bus stop outside of the Ofra settlement.

The Gush Etzion junction has been a site of frequent attacks since the wave of terror started in September 2015. 

Gush Etzion Regional Council head said that the attack was one more attempt by terrorist to subdue Israeli, but "they should understand that this just strengthens us."

He called on the government to respond by authorizing more building in Judea and Samaria so that the terrorists would know that there was a price for such actions.

According to the Foreign Ministry, since September 13, 2015, Palestinian assailants have carried out 1754 stabbing attacks and 113 attempted stabbings; 143 shootings; 58 vehicular (ramming) attacks; and one vehicular (bus) bombing.

Forty-eight people were killed in these attack and 713 were injured, including 4 Palestinians.