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IDF kills Palestinian who rushed W. Bank checkpoint

ByJPOST.COM STAFF
July 30, 2012 12:54

Two Palestinians, 1 officer also injured when van with 13 workers fails to stop at checkpoint near J'lem.

IDF soldiers at West Bank checkpoint

IDF soldiers at West Bank checkpoint 370. (photo credit:REUTERS/Ammar Awad)

Border Police officers killed one passenger after firing at a Palestinian vehicle traveling toward a checkpoint near Ma’aleh Adumim on Sunday night.

A Border Police spokesman said the driver failed to stop his car despite repeated warnings by the officers. Palestinian paramedics evacuated two Palestinians to a Ramallah hospital, while a third, who was severely wounded, was rushed to Hadassah University Medical Center in Jerusalem’s Ein Kerem, but did not survive.



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A Border Police officer, lightly injured by shrapnel, was taken to Hadassah University Medical Center on Jerusalem’s Mount Scopus.

A spokesman for the Border Police stated that the Palestinians “had intent to harm the officers.”

Bethlehem-based news agency Ma’an quoted one of the men from the van saying it was transporting 13 workers to Jerusalem.

The driver of the van received a message from another driver that the soldiers at the checkpoint were being strict and decided to take another route, Khaled Abdullah told Ma’an.

“As the driver started to turn, Border Police opened fire at the car without asking the driver to stop,” he said.

Forces searched the vehicle and opened an investigation into the incident.

Reuters contributed to this report.
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