Palestinian shot dead after alleged car-ramming attempt

Israeli forces shoot and kill Palestinian man after allegedly driving over Israeli officer patrolling border in Westbank

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

An Israeli border officer seen patrolling the Halhoul junction north of the West Bank city of Hebron, 4 November, 2015.

Israeli forces on Wednesday shot dead a Palestinian driver near the occupied West Bank town of Hebron as he allegedly drove his car into a border police officer and injured him, says Israeli police. 

"The team of officers at the junction opened precise fire on the terrorist" after he injured an Israeli border policeman in a ramming attack near the city of Hebron, reported a police statement.

Since October 1, at least 73 Palestinians, of whom were unarmed protesters, bystanders and accused attackers, have been killed by Israeli forces using live ammunition, rubber-coated steel bullets, tear gas and stun grenades. 

While, nine Israelis have been killed by Palestinians in stabbing or shooting incidents in the same period. 

Hebron has become a crucial turning point regarding the recent Israeli violence towards Palestinian people in recent weeks, with almost daily deadly confrontations at Israeli checkpoints that guard ultra-nationalist Jewish settlers in the center of the city. 

The West bank city of Hebron has about 200,000 Palestinian settlers while nearly 500 Israeli settlers are living close to the city center.

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