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Israeli gunfire kills Palestinian after attempted car bombing

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IDF says soldiers killed Palestinian who allegedly attempted to carry out ram car attack near military checkpoint in occupied West Bank

RAMALLAH, West Bank – Israeli troops on Tuesday killed a Palestinian who allegedly tried to ram his vehicle into a military checkpoint in the occupied West Bank, military officials said.

According to Palestinian media reports, soldiers opened fire on the vehicle, killing the man and causing his car to swerve, crashing into a military vehicle and igniting near the city of Jenin in the northern West Bank.

The identity of the slain Palestinian was not immediately announced, and there were no reports of injuries to Israeli forces.

Isolated Palestinian attackers have been accused of numerous stabbing and car-ramming attacks in recent years. Palestinians and rights groups accuse Israel of often using excessive force and, in some cases, even killing innocent people.

Tuesday’s incident came days after a weekend of escalating Israeli-Palestinian violence in the West Bank, sparked by the death of a Jewish settler shot dead by at least one Palestinian gunman Thursday night. Yehuda Dimentman’s death sparked a series of retaliatory settler attacks, leaving at least three Palestinians in need of hospital treatment.

Thursday’s deadly attack took place near Homesh, a former settlement evacuated as part of Israel’s withdrawal from the Gaza Strip in 2005. In recent years, settlers have reestablished an unauthorized outpost at the site. , one of dozens of outposts in the West Bank that are considered illegal but tolerated by the Israeli government.

After a three-day manhunt, the IDF announced on Sunday that it had arrested four Palestinians they believed to have taken part in the shooting. The troops also fought with settlers who entered the outpost and attempted to establish what the military called “illegal structures” at the site.

These developments come amid a gradual increase in Israeli-Palestinian violence in Jerusalem and the West Bank in recent months.

Israel captured the West Bank and East Jerusalem in the Middle East War of 1967. More than 700,000 Jewish settlers live in the territories, which are wanted by Palestinians as part of a future state. The Palestinians, as well as the majority of the international community, regard the settlements as illegal and the main obstacle to peace.

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