Would-be Palestinian assailant shot dead in aborted car ramming attack

No reported Israeli injuries on attempted attack at Kalandia checkpoint.

By REUTERS
December 18, 2015 15:07
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Scene of Kalandia attack

Scene of Kalandia attack

Israeli soldiers shot dead a Palestinian who tried to ram them with a car in the West Bank on Friday, the military said, and the Israeli army killed another Palestinian during a border protest in the Gaza Strip, medics there added.

A campaign of stabbings, shootings and car-rammings by Palestinians has killed 19 Israelis and a US citizen since October. Israeli forces or armed civilians have killed at least 116 Palestinians, 69 of whom authorities described as assailants.

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The army said a motorist tried to run over Israeli soldiers during a violent demonstration by Palestinians near the West Bank town of Silwad. An Israeli police spokeswoman said the Palestinian had a knife with him in the car.

In central Gaza, Palestinians massed near the fenced-off border with Israel, throwing rocks at troops beyond. Gaza medics said Israeli army gunfire killed one protester and wounded 37.

Israel maintains a no-go buffer zone near the Gaza fence in what it describes as a precaution against Palestinian infiltration or ambush attempts. The army said it discovered and defused two improvised explosive devices on the fence on Friday.

Another Palestinian was shot and wounded by Israeli police on Friday during a car-ramming attempt at the West Bank checkpoint of Qalandia, a police spokeswoman said. In the West Bank city of Ramallah, medics said a Palestinian was wounded by Israeli army gunfire during a violent protest.

The surge in violence has been partly fueled by Palestinian frustration over the collapse of US-sponsored peace talks in 2014, the growth of Jewish settlements on land they seek for a future state and Islamist calls for the destruction of Israel.

Palestinians are also angry over stepped-up Jewish visits to Jerusalem's al-Aksa mosque compound, which is revered by Muslims as Islam's third holiest site and by Jews as the location of two destroyed biblical-era temples.


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