Palestinian shot dead in alleged car ramming incident

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A Palestinian man has been shot dead after he allegedly rammed his vehicle into a group of Israeli soldiers, injuring one, near a settlement in the occupied West Bank.

Reports quoting an Israeli army spokesman said the man emerged from his vehicle brandishing a knife after the ramming near Bethlehem intersection on Monday, prompting another soldier to shoot him.

The Palestinian news agency Ma’an identified the Palestinian as 24-year old Muhammad Ibrahim Jibril from the West Bank area of Tuqu.

Ma’an said Jibril was treated by the Israeli army at the scene before being declared dead.

Israel’s emergency medical service was also quoted by Ma’an as saying that a 20-year-old Israeli soldier was taken to a hospital in Jerusalem for treatment.

The Haaretz newspaper said the Israeli soldier was “moderately injured”, and suffered from injuries to his upper and lower limbs.

A witness told Ma’an he saw the Palestinian, who was wearing a red shirt, lying motionless on the ground.

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