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Israeli soldiers open fire on driver near Beit Ummar

March 15, 2014 9:09 P.M. (Updated: March 16, 2014 11:57 A.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli soldiers opened fire on a Palestinian driver after he "tried to hit" soldiers with his car near a military checkpoint at the entrance to Beit Ummar in the southern West Bank on Wednesday, the Israeli military said.

Israeli military sources said that soldiers opened fire on the Palestinian man's vehicle and detained him following the incident, which they said caused no injuries to the Israeli soldiers and border guards at the scene.

Spokesperson for the Popular Committee Against the Wall and Settlements in Beit Ummar Muhammad Ayad said that Essam Ahmad Thalji Aadi, 38, from Beit Ummar accidentally stepped on the gas pedal instead of the brake, in the process hitting the five soldiers.

The Israeli soldiers were at a gas station near the northern entrance of Beit Ummar at the time of the incident, Ayad said, and their injuries were described as "negligible."

Ayad added that the soldiers beat the driver following the incident and took him in a military vehicle to an unknown destination. Israeli reinforcements subsequently arrived on the scene, obstructing traffic on the main road between Jerusalem and Hebron which runs nearby.

The Israeli border police could not be reached for comment.
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