A car ran down and injured 12 Israeli soldiers and two other people in Jerusalem early on Thursday before fleeing, Israeli military and medical officials said, in an incident police described as a suspected Palestinian attack.
In a separate incident, Israeli troops killed a Palestinian during clashes in the occupied West Bank.
Long-simmering Palestinian unrest has been stoked anew by anger at U.S. President Donald Trump’s plan for peace with Israel, unveiled last week in Washington.
The Jerusalem car-ramming took place on David Remez Street, which is close to the Arab neighbourhoods of eastern parts of the city that Palestinians want for a state. A theatre and late-night restaurants and bars are also located along the street.
A military spokeswoman said the soldiers were touring the city, where they had come to be sworn in after basic training.
The Magen David Adom ambulance service said one casualty was admitted to hospital with severe injuries and another with moderate injuries. Both are 20 years old, it said.
“The incident is being investigated as a terror attack,” a police spokesman said. The driver was still at large.
In the West Bank city of Jenin, a 19-year-old man was shot dead by troops while throwing rocks at them, Palestinians said.
An Israeli military spokesman said troops came to Jenin to demolish the home of a Palestinian who was involved in the 2018 killing of a Jewish settler.
Troops opened fire at Palestinians who shot and threw bombs at them in Jenin, the spokesman said.