Palestinian attacker killed after ramming car into Israelis

Dec 31, 2015

“A Palestinian attacker rammed his vehicle into forces securing routes near Huwara and wounded a soldier”, an army statement said, referring to a checkpoint near Nablus in the north of the occupied West Bank.

The Palestinian village, located near the city of Nablus, has been the site of a number of stabbings and auto ramming attacks against Israeli soldiers, while the Tapuah Junction, just a few miles away, has been a focal point of attacks against Israeli civilians for years.

A spokesperson for the Israeli army told Ma’an that an assailant ran his auto into Israeli forces who were stationed on highway 60 near the Huwwara checkpoint for security purposes.

The troops responded by opening fire at the terrorist, shooting him dead.

The tensions were raised in October with the Israeli settler attacks on Al-Aqsa mosque, the third holiest place in Islam, and Israeli restrictions over Palestinian entrance.

The soldier was lightly injured in the attack. The driver was shot dead on the scene, the army confirmed.

Palestinians accuse Israel of using excessive force in trying to subdue assailants, who have carried out near-daily, seemingly spontaneous attacks against Israelis using knives, guns and cars.

“The injustices associated with an occupation which shows no prospect of ending feed into a perspective – particularly among the youth – that they have nothing to lose by sacrificing their lives”, the UN official said during an address to the UN Security Council.

The scene of Thursday's car ramming attack near the West Bank village of Hawara


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