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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 17 December 2018

Palestinian shot and killed in West Bank car-ramming, three lightly wounded

Attack follows months of heightened tensions between Israel and Palestine

The National
The National

A Palestinian man rammed his car into three Israeli soldiers in the southern West Bank before being shot dead by another soldier, the army and Palestinian medics said Monday.

The Palestinian drove a vehicle into the trio near the Gush Etzion Junction, south of Jerusalem, injuring them slightly. He was shot by nearby members of the security forces and was pronounced dead by medics at the site, the Red Crescent said.

Monday's incident follows a series of "price tag" attacks in the West Bank where radical Jewish youths have vandalised Palestinian property.

Last week, an Israeli man was stabbed in a Palestinian town, and in October a Palestinian gunman killed two people at an industrial zone for an illegal Israeli settlement.

Dozens of outposts have been established across the West Bank and are now home to more than 400,000 Israelis. Most of the international community consider these outposts to be illegal.

Tensions between Israelis and Palestinians are at a high, following months of Israeli violence against Palestinian protesters in Gaza.

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