Israel Soldiers Fire on Suspect Terrorist Vehicle, Palestinian Killed: Officials

Israeli soldiers keep watch at the Gush Etzion junction, south of Jerusalem in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, following a car ramming attack on March 4, 2016. A Palestinian woman injured an Israeli soldier in the car-ramming attack before troops at the scene shot her dead, the army said. / AFP …

RAMALLAH (AFP) –  Israeli forces opened fire on a “suspect” vehicle in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday, killing one Palestinian and wounding another, Israel’s army and the Palestinian health ministry said.

An army statement said a vehicle approached Israeli soldiers in a suspicious manner near the Jewish settlement of Halamish and the Palestinian village of Nabi Saleh.

“The soldiers perceived the vehicle as a threat and consequently fired towards it in order to stop it,” it said.

The Palestinian health ministry said one man died, identifying him as 26-year-old Mohammed Mussa.

A health ministry spokesman told AFP the man was travelling with his sister when they were shot.

The sister was shot in the shoulder and is receiving treatment, with her injuries not life-threatening, the spokesman added.

Israel’s military said no soldiers were wounded and “the event is being reviewed”.

A wave of unrest that erupted in October 2015 has claimed the lives of at least 303 Palestinians or Arab Israelis, 51 Israelis, two Americans, two Jordanians, an Eritrean, a Sudanese and a Briton, according to an AFP toll.

Israeli authorities say most of the Palestinians killed were carrying out knife, gun or car-ramming attacks.

Others were shot dead in protests and clashes, while some were killed in Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip.

Separately on Monday, Israel’s military blew up a tunnel it said stretched from the Gaza Strip into Israel that it said could be used for attacks, killing seven Palestinians.


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