In Brief: Female soldier seriously hurt in latest car ramming terror attack

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An Israeli woman was seriously wounded on Tuesday following a car ramming attack in the West Bank.

Surveillance footage of the attack near the West Bank settlement of Migron, north of Jerusalem, showed a black SUV turning to drive into a female soldier.

The vehicle rammed into the woman on a pavement, before fleeing the scene altogether.

The IDF said the incident was a ramming attack, and appealed for footage of the incident not to be published.

The woman, approximately 20 years old, was taken to Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek hospital with a serious head injury, where her condition is reportedly stable.

The attacker was subsequently shot by police after a brief chase, later being declared dead.

The attacker has been named as 45-year-old Rani Mamoun Fayz Abu Ali, a Palestinian father of five from the town of Beitunia, near Ramallah.

He reportedly had a valid permit to work in Israeli settlements in the West Bank, Israel’s Kan public broadcaster said.

The attack comes amid continued high tensions in the West Bank, with 31 Israelis dead as a result of Palestinian terror attacks so far this year.

In the spring, the IDF launched a major anti-terror offensive in the northern West Bank which has seen more than 2,500 arrests and 150 Palestinian deaths in clashes with security forces.