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Palestinian killed after alleged car attack in Gush Etzion

Oct. 20, 2015 4:10 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 21, 2015 11:15 A.M.)
A photo from witnesses at the scene.
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian man was shot and killed after allegedly ramming his car into a group of Israelis in the illegal Gush Etzion settlement bloc on Tuesday, injuring two Israelis, Israeli police said.

Israeli police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld said there had been a "terrorist attack" near the Gush Etzion junction and the area was closed off after Israeli security and police arrived on the scene.

A spokesperson at the Hadassah hospital confirmed two injured Israelis were being brought for treatment, but she was unable to confirm their condition.

The Palestinian suspect was shot and killed. He was identified as Hamzeh Moussa al-Imla, 25, from Beit Ula north of Hebron.

An Israeli army spokesperson said that the Palestinian "attempted to ram his car into pedestrians at a bus stop" inside the illegal settlement bloc, before getting out of his car and "attempt(ing) to stab the pedestrians."

She said that the the Palestinian injured one Israeli soldier and a civilian before he was shot dead by security forces.

She was unable to confirm how the Israelis were injured.

The incident came just hours after an Israeli settler was run over and killed by a Palestinian truck driver to the south of Hebron.

The settler got out of his car after stones were thrown at it, before he was run over.

The truck driver was reported to have turned himself into Palestinian police, saying it was an accident, and an Israeli army spokesperson later confirmed that he was in the custody of security forces.

Earlier on Tuesday, another Palestinian was shot dead by Israeli forces after he allegedly attempted to stab a soldier during clashes in the town of Beit Awwa, also in Hebron district.

Tuesday's events bring the Palestinian death toll since the beginning of October to 45, with nine Israelis killed in the same period.

Around half of the Palestinian deaths took place during clashes, while the others were killed after allegedly attempting attacks on Israel, although it has been disputed that Palestinians were attempting to carry out attacks in several cases.

Israel has come under repeated criticism for shooting dead Palestinians when they pose no harm, with the PLO labeling the deaths "extrajudicial executions."

Israeli rights group B'Tselem has condemned Israeli officials for effectively condoning the killing of Palestinians by Israeli forces and civilians.

Comments
Joe Fattal / USA
Usualy Israel when they can't find a way out of a losing battle especialy when they fight a ground warfare such as this one they turn to a country or a group in the region which is somehow more proportionate to fight them such as Hezbollah in Lebanon. But than Russia put a lid on that.
20/10/2015 16:53
Joe Fattal / USA
Cont....Israel cannot fly over Lebanon or Syria. They been warned to stay out and only last week, they were ask to leave Lebanon airspace and they change their course. So now israel is stuck fighting the Palestinians on its streets, a losing battle for Israel.
20/10/2015 16:55
Joe Fattal / USA
Cont....Israel cannot fly over Lebanon or Syria. They been warned to stay out and only last week, they were ask to leave Lebanon airspace and they change their course. So now israel is stuck fighting the Palestinians on its streets, a losing battle for Israel.
20/10/2015 17:00
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