A automobile is seen on the scene of what Israeli army stated is a car-ramming assault close to the settlement of Elazar within the Israeli-occupied West Financial institution August 16, 2019. REUTERS/Ammar Awad
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli police shot useless a Palestinian driver they stated had carried out a car-ramming assault on Friday that injured two Israeli civilians within the occupied West Financial institution, one among them critically.
Reuters journalists on the scene noticed police rolling the physique of the motive force right into a plastic sheet. Palestinian well being authorities recognized him as a Palestinian nationwide.
An Israeli police spokesman stated an officer who had been close to the scene opened fireplace after the attacker rammed his automobile into folks by the roadside close to the Israeli settlement of Elazar, near the Palestinian metropolis of Bethlehem.
Israel’s Magen David Adom ambulance service stated one of many Israelis, 17, was unresponsive and “in extreme situation with multisystem trauma” and that the opposite, 19, had sustained average accidents.
Dozens of Israeli troops and medics had been on the scene. The alleged attacker’s automobile, which bore Israeli license plates which permit larger freedom of motion in each Israel and the West Financial institution, was overturned by the roadside. Police stated the attacker had been driving alongside a street which weaves previous Palestinian cities and Israeli settlements.
Palestinians carried out a wave of car-rammings within the West Financial institution in late 2015 and 2016, however the frequency of such incidents has since ebbed.
Israel captured the West Financial institution within the 1967 Center East conflict. Palestinians search to ascertain a state there and within the Hamas-run Gaza Strip, with East Jerusalem as its capital.
Two Palestinian youths stabbed an Israeli policeman in Jerusalem’s Outdated Metropolis on Thursday and had been shot by officers, killing one among them.
Israeli-Palestinian peace talks broke down in 2014.
Reporting by Rami Ayyub; Enhancing by Peter Graff