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Palestinian shot, injured during alleged car ramming attack west of Ramallah

Jan. 31, 2016 3:12 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 1, 2016 9:37 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces shot and injured a Palestinian during an alleged attempted car ramming attack in the central occupied West Bank's Ramallah district, Israeli media reported.

Israeli media initially said the driver had been shot dead, but later reported he was shot and injured. The driver's current condition has not been officially confirmed.

No Israelis are believed to have been injured during the incident.

An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed the attack, which took place of route 443, but could not provide further details.

Earlier on Sunday a Palestinian Authority staff sergeant, 34, was shot and killed after shooting and injuring three Israeli soldiers near the illegal Israeli settlement of Beit El in Ramallah.

Witnesses said a Palestinian vehicle approached the Israeli checkpoint and stopped for inspection. When an Israeli soldier approached the driver's window, the driver opened fire, immediately shooting the soldier.

The driver then shot another two Israeli soldiers, one of which witnesses believed was hit in his flak jacket.

Israeli forces then opened fire, shooting the Palestinian driver dead.

Of the three injured, two are in severe condition, while one was mildly injured, a spokesperson with Israel's emergency medical service, Magen David Adom, said.

Since a wave of unrest began in occupied East Jerusalem in October and spread across the West Bank and Israel, more than 160 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces or settlers, and over 20 Israelis have died in attacks, most of which were stabbings.
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