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Israeli forces open live fire on Palestinian vehicle in Bethlehem

May 10, 2017 5:31 P.M. (Updated: May 10, 2017 5:36 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces opened live fire at a Palestinian vehicle in the Wadi al-Hummus area in the southern occupied West Bank district of Bethlehem on Wednesday. 

Witnesses told Ma’an that a vehicle attempted to enter Wadi al-Hummus when an Israeli police officer called on the driver to stop by putting on his police sirens.

However, the driver did not appear to hear the sirens, and kept driving until he reached the Mazmoria checkpoint near the illegal Israeli settlement of Har Homa north of Bethlehem, where Israeli forces fired two bullets into the vehicle. 

Although the vehicle stopped after being shot at by Israeli army forces, Israeli police officers quickly arrived at the scene and also opened live fire on the vehicle. 

Witnesses added on Wednesday afternoon the Israeli police were surrounding the vehicle and preventing anyone from approaching the area. No injuries have been reported so far. 

An Israeli police spokesperson was not immediately available for comment. 

Israeli forces have routinely been criticized for their excessive use force when dealing with Palestinians, as rights groups and activists have often condemned Israeli forces' “trigger happy” culture.     
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