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Israeli forces shoot, injure Palestinian after suspected car attack

Aug. 6, 2015 4:14 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 7, 2015 12:20 P.M.)
An Israeli forensic policeman and a security forces member inspect the scene of a car attack at a junction midway between Ramallah and Nablus in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territory (AFP/Abbas Momani)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces shot and injured a Palestinian man on Thursday after a suspected car attack which injured three Israeli soldiers, a Ma'an reporter said.

Mohammed Badwan, a Palestinian from Biddu village east of Ramallah, allegedly ran over three Israeli soldiers on Route 60 near the illegal settlement of Shilo, north of Ramallah.

An army statement said two of the three wounded soldiers "sustained severe injuries."

Israeli soldiers opened fire at the car, with Badwan said to be seriously injured after the vehicle overturned.

Israeli forces "fired toward the vehicle in order to prevent the suspect's escape, confirming a hit," Colonel Peter Lerner told AFP.

Head of the Palestinian liaison office in the Ramallah and al-Bireh district, Nader Hajjeh, told Ma'an that Badwan’s injuries are very critical and that he is currently in an Israeli hospital under Israeli forces’ security.

Palestinian security officials said Israeli forces later searched Badwan's home.

Badwan's family members told Ma'an that Israeli forces destroyed furniture and interrogated relatives during the raid.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described Badwan as a "terrorist" and praised the army for its quick reaction.

Hamas did not take responsibility for the attack but praised it as an "appropriate response" to Israel's occupation of Palestinian territories.

Netanyahu said on Twitter: "I'd like to praise the action of the (Israeli) soldiers, who reacted quickly and neutralized the terrorist."

And Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said: "In the struggle against Palestinian terrorism we need determination and an iron fist against the terrorists and their dispatchers."

AFP contributed to this report.
Comments
Tobias / USA
There have been so many Palestinian car attacks, that targeted civilians,
that the State of Israel should close it's roads to all Palestinians vehicles,
and hope that the added hardship encourages the people to pressure the Palestinian Authority to restart seeking peace, through negotiations !!
06/08/2015 17:35
Enoch / World
There is peace in Allah
06/08/2015 17:35
Patriot / USA
Resistance to occupation can take many forms, most of them justified and

legal under international law. If IDF and settlers would leave the West Bank

then there would be no more violence. This pales in comparison to the

daily violence that Palestinians are subjected to.
06/08/2015 18:16
One / Truth
There is nothing "alleged or suspected" about an event, that
sends 3 Jewish victims and 1 Muslim attacker to a hospital !!
06/08/2015 21:21
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