Palestinian kills soldier in West Bank — Israeli military

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07 April, 2017

Palestinian man from Silwad shot and detained after he allegedly ran over two soldiers outside the Ofra settlement.

Israel's military says a Palestinian has killed an Israeli and injured another in a car-ramming attack in the West Bank. The reasoning of the occupying soldiers was that the large pieces could fall on and thus injure or damage settlers walking on the streets or settler cars - not Palestinians on the same part of the street though.

A short time later MDA said that the seriously injured Israeli had died from their injuries.

Rasheed, a Palestinian farmer, said that Israeli authorities are "tightening the procedures on the farmers even more" and that they no longer issue permits easily.

Witnesses told Israeli media that the auto approached a bus stop at the Ofra junction, on the Route 60 highway north-east of Ramallah, and then accelerated towards the two Israelis waiting there.

Hamas and the Islamic Jihad were quick to praise the attack.

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Speaking to Bethlehem-based Ma'an News Agency, Hazem Qassem, another Hamas spokesman, called it "evidence that the Intifada of Jerusalem will go on, and it would only end with liberty and freedom".

Israeli government development of settlements in the West Bank has been a focus of friction with Palestinians and contributed to the breakdown of peace talks.

The slain Palestinian was identified by the Palestinian Ministry of Health as Amad Zahir Fathi Ghazal, 17, from Nablus. Witnesses told the media that the attacker aimed his vehicle at the two young men and accelerated towards them.

Al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida said the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, approved a bill that would accelerate demolitions of Palestinian homes across Israel and East Jerusalem. The site is holy to both Muslims and Jews, who refer to it as the Temple Mount.

Of course, Israel does not mind the renewed interest in the Initiative, simply because it could galvanize efforts, led by the Americans, to achieve normalization with the Arabs without peace with the Palestinians first.


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