Palestinian shot dead after alleged 'car ramming attack'

Palestinian woman shot dead by Israeli forces after alleged car ramming attack against border police near occupied West Bank

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

A Palestinian walks past Israeli paramilitary border police at a roadblock in East Jerusalem

Updated Dec 26, 2015

Israeli border police shot dead Palestinian Mahdia Mohammad Hamad, 40, a mother of four, who allegedly attempted to ram them with her car in the occupied West Bank settlement of Ofra.

None of the Israeli police officers were injured in the alleged attack.

In a separate incident along the Gaza Strip frontier, a Palestinian man was reportedly killed during clashes with the Israeli Defence Forces. Al Watan Voice, a Palestinian news outlet, identified the deceased man as 22-year-old Hani Rafiq Wahdan.

Israeli forces used live rounds, rubber bullets and teargas to disperse hundreds of demonstrators, injuring 28 people, including an Anadolu Agency (AA) staff member, local sources said.

Vahdan died when he received a gunshot wound to his head, as AA staffer Fati al-Katati was injured due to a bullet piece that hit his knee.

Relatives of Palestinian Hani Wahdan, whom medics said was shot and killed by Israeli troops during clashes with Palestinian protesters on Friday, mourn outside a hospital morgue in Gaza City December 25, 2015

At least 134 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces, while 19 Israelis have been killed since October 1.

Incidents of violence between Israelis and Palestinians have increased since Israeli police carried out a raid at the Al Aqsa Mosque compound, one of the holiest sites in both Islam and Judaism.

Palestinians say the recent violence is the result of frustration from nearly half-a-century of occupation and they accuse Israel of using excessive force to suppress the unrest, while Israel says violence has been caused by a Palestinian campaign of lies and provocation surrounding the Al Aqsa Mosque.

TRTWorld and agencies