Jerusalem (CNN)Two Israeli soldiers were killed and three more were injured in a car ramming attack on Friday afternoon in the northern West Bank, according to the Israeli military and emergency services.
Two Israeli soldiers killed in West Bank car ramming attack
The attack happened at 4:15 p.m. near the settlement of Reihan, about 25 kilometers west of Jenin, the military said.
The Palestinian driver was evacuated to an Israeli hospital for treatment, said Israel Defense Forces (IDF) spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus. The driver is being questioned.
The IDF identified the victims as Captain Ziv Daus and Sergeant Netanel Kahalani.
Earlier emergency services said three people had been injured.
Conricus added that the ramming was a deliberate attack by the driver.
The military said the soldiers were securing the routes around the settlement of Mevo Dotan in the northern West Bank.
In response to the attack, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman tweeted, "We will seek the death penalty for the terrorist, the destruction of his home, and punishment for anyone else involved."
"This is terror that is promoted by [President Mahmoud Abbas] and the Palestinian Authority that pays money to the families of terrorists. We will stop them," he added.
Israel announced that it would immediately suspend work permits for the driver's entire family, including 67 employment permits in Israel, 26 trade permits, and four employment permits in communities.
Hamas praised the attack, calling for an "escalation of the Jerusalem Intifada to increase the cost of the occupier." Spokesman Fawzi Barhoom said the attack was "an affirmation of the insistence of the Palestinian people to continue the path of the resistance with all its means." Palestinian Islamic Jihad also praised the attack, claiming "there is no security and stability for this occupation."
Palestinan Authority officials did not comment on the attack.
Friday was a "Day of Rage" in the West Bank and Gaza, with Palestinian factions calling for large-scale protests to mark 100 days since US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Since Trump's recognition, Friday protests have become commonplace, with multiple Palestinian protestors killed in clashes with Israeli security forces.