Palestinian man killed after car attack wounds three settlers

Ahram Online , Sunday 8 Nov 2015

An Israeli soldier stands guard at the main northern entrance of the West Bank city of Hebron on November 7, 2015. (Photo:AFP)

A Palestinian man was killed by Israeli fire after ramming three Israelis settlers with a car in the occupied West Bank city of Nablus on Sunday, Maan Palestinian news agency reported.

The settlers were wounded from both the Israeli forces' fire and the car attack and were taken to the hospital for treatment, Israeli sources said.

Israeli forces closed the Hawara checkpoint south of Nablus and Zaatara following the attack and prevented Palestinians from passing through.

Palestinians have been protesting since the beginning of October against Israel's attempts to build more settlements in east Jerusalem and force out Arab residents of the city, which is the planned capital of a future Palestinian state.

More than 72 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli occupation forces since the beginning of October.

The current wave of protests and repression started in late July when toddler Ali Dawabsha was burned to death and three other Palestinians were severely injured after their house in the occupied West Bank was set on fire by Israeli settlers.

Palestinian protests were also triggered by an increase in Jewish visitors to Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque, which is considered the third holiest site in Islam. Palestinians fear that Israel is preparing to allow Jewish prayers in the mosque, which are not currently allowed.

Settlement-building, racial discrimination, confiscation of identity cards, long queues at checkpoints, as well as daily clashes and the desecration of Al-Aqsa mosque, have been Palestinians' daily routine.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his far-right government, through the notorious displacement settlement policy and the arbitrary practices against the Palestinians, have deliberately killed any possible opportunity to achieve a just and lasting political solution to the conflict.

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