Car rams into Israeli troops, Palestinian attackers killed: Military

Reuters , Monday 4 Mar 2019

West Bank
Israeli forces gather at the scene of an incident near Ramallah, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, March 4, 2019 (Photo: Reuters)

Palestinians deliberately drove a car into Israeli troops in the occupied West Bank on Monday and two of the attackers were shot dead after critically injuring an officer, the Israeli military said.

Describing the incident as a car-ramming, the military said a third Palestinian in the vehicle was slightly wounded after the troops opened fire.

The attack occurred when soldiers stopped their vehicle on the roadside at night about 10 km (six miles) northwest of the Palestinian city of Ramallah, the military said. Israeli media reported their car had broken down.

Soldiers fired at the Palestinian car after the ramming, killing two of its occupants, a military spokeswoman said. The Palestinian Health Ministry confirmed their deaths.

In addition to the Israeli officer seriously hurt in the incident, a soldier sustained light injuries, the military said.

Palestinians, many of them individuals without known associations with militant groups, carried out a wave of car-rammings in the West Bank in late 2015 and 2016, but the frequency of such incidents has since decreased.

Israel captured the West Bank in a 1967 Middle East war. Palestinians seek to establish a state there and in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip, with East Jerusalem as its capital. Israeli-Palestinian peace talks collapsed in 2014.

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