The incident took place on Route 60 at around 5:30 am. IDF soldiers stationed near Hebron noticed a suspicious Israeli vehicle approaching them and motioned it to stop.
As the driver failed to comply and suspecting he was planning to commit a terror attack by running them over, the soldiers opened fire at the vehicle. Martzbach sustained a head injury and was pronounced dead on the spot.
The IDF is still investigating the circumstances of the incident. Defense establishment officials said that this was a rare and extreme case the likes of which they have trouble recalling. They have decided to recognize it as a terrorist act so that the National Insurance would assist the bereaved families with logistical expenses and with the funeral arrangements.
The family is set to request full recognition and the Defense Ministry is expected to approve the request.
The NII explained that this was standard procedure in such cases and that by law, anyone hurt in an action meant to thwart enemy activity is considered a terror victim and recognized as such by the Defense Ministry and National Insurance Institute.
Omri Efraim contributed to the report
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