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PA claims Israeli forces open fire at Palestinian deputy minister’s car

Jan. 5, 2017 11:00 A.M. (Updated: Jan. 5, 2017 3:41 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces opened fire at the car of Palestinian Deputy Minister of Health Asaad al-Ramlawi on Wednesday evening in the occupied West Bank district of Jerusalem, the Palestinian Authority claimed in a statement.

The Ministry of Health said in a statement that Israeli soldiers deliberately opened fire at al-Ramlawi’s car as he was driving near the village of al-Ram, adding that the front windshield of his vehicle was damaged, but that the deputy minister was not injured.

Palestinian Minister of Health Jawad Awwad condemned the attack, and called it part of an “escalation” of Israeli policies and “savage” procedures against Palestinians.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma'an on Thursday afternoon, however, that no Israeli forces were in the area at the time, suggesting that al-Ramlawi's vehicle may have instead been hit by stone throwers.

In June, Israeli forces shot and killed a 15-year-old Palestinian and seriously injured four other Palestinian teens while they were driving in their car. The Israeli army said initially that Mahmoud Badran, the slain teen, was a "terrorist" involved in nearby stone-throwing, though they later admitted he was an "uninvolved bystander" to the incident.

An initial version of the story mistakenly stated that the Israeli army confirmed that there were clashes between Israeli troops and Palestinian youth in al-Ram at the time of the incident. Ma'an deeply regrets the error.
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