Israel troops open fire after attacker rams car, injures man

Bruno Cirelli
Aprile 20, 2017

According to the army, one Israeli was slightly injured in the alleged auto attack.

A Palestinian assailant today rammed his auto into a West Bank bus stop, wounding an Israeli man, before Israeli troops shot and killed the driver, the military said. He too received treatment on the scene before being taken to Jerusalem's Shaare Zedek Medical Center for treatment.

The Palestinian health ministry identified him as Suhaib Mousa Mashour Manasra, a 21-year-old from Sawahra village.

The TNB seems to have used a "legal loophole" to open its branch in Dahiat Al-Barid, which Israel considers a part of the West Bank, not East Jerusalem.

The military said it was certain the car-ramming was an attack, based on footage of the incident and the fact that a knife was found inside the vehicle.

A wave of street attacks by Palestinians in Israel, Jerusalem and the Israeli-occupied West Bank since October 2015 has killed 37 Israelis, two American tourists and a British student.

In that same time, Israeli forces killed at least 243 Palestinians, a lot of them identified as attackers by Israeli authorities. The Palestinian Authority, which exercises limited self-rule in the West Bank, denies incitement and charges that in many cases, Israel has used excessive force in thwarting attackers armed with rudimentary weapons.

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