On September 24, a Palestinian driver was shot dead by Israeli troops after he allegedly rammed his car into a police vehicle in the occupied West Bank.
In a statement, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) said that its troops and police officers “identified a suspicious vehicle that accelerated toward them and tried to run them over” near the illegal outpost of Havat Gilad in the northern part of the Palestinian region.
“An IDF soldier opened fire at the vehicle. The terrorist was neutralized,” the military said.
A photo from the scene of the incident showed a damaged Israeli police vehicle next to the Palestinian car that crashed into it.
The IDF said that the alleged ramming attack didn’t result in any casualties. Nevertheless, the Hebrew media said that a police officer was lightly hurt in the incident, while Palestinian sources reported that two officers were wounded.
Two days earlier, a Palestinian man hit an Israeli soldier stationed near Huwara with his car, lightly wounding him. Initially, the IDF said that the incident was just a random accident. However, the military announced later that it was still probing the incident.
Attacks on Israeli troops and settlers in the West Bank increased in the last few weeks, despite of Israel’s strict security measures against Palestinians. While most recent attacks were carried out with firearms, some were carried out with cold weapons or involved ramming with vehicles.