Palestinian driver dies in crash in West Bank

Palestinian motorist killed and three Israelis injured in crash that Israeli authorities suspect was ramming attack

Photo by: Reuters (Archive)
Photo by: Reuters (Archive)

Israeli policemen stand near a checkpoint near West Bank.

Updated Nov 15, 2015

A Palestinian motorbike driver was killed in a car accident on Saturday near a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank, Israeli police have said.

Israeli security forces said they suspect the crash to be a ramming atttack.

The Palestinian driver sustained fatal injuries in the crash with an Israeli car which took place near the settlement of Psagot. Three Israelis were also reportedly injured.

Israelis police spokeswoman said, "Preliminary findings indicate that this was likely a terrorist attack." She explained that the Palestinian driver's wehicle had Israeli license plates that had not been issued to it, possibly a sign that it was intended to be used to enter a Jewish settlement illicitly. 

Since October 1 at least 76 Palestinians - unarmed protesters, bystanders and alleged attackers - have been killed by Israeli forces with live ammunition, rubber-coated steel bullets, teargas and stun grenades in the occupied West Bank. Fourteen Israelis have also been killed in various attacks by Palestinians.

After weeks of protests fueled by tensions over Al Aqsa Mosque compound, frustration has turned into violence as Israel continues building Jewish-only settlements throughout the West Bank in violation of international law.                               

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