The Qalandiyah checkpoint, March 30, 2012.
The Qalandiyah checkpoint, March 30, 2012. Photo by Reuters
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Israeli troops opened fire at a Palestinian car at a checkpoint in the West Bank early on Monday, killing one person and wounding two others, Palestinian officials said.

A spokesman for Israel's border police, which is stationed at checkpoints in the area, said that the border policeman stationed at the checkpoint called out for the vehicle to stop and were forced to fire when the car failed to comply.

One of the policemen was hospitalized after sustaining light wounds from shrapnel.

According to Palestinian medical workers, the man in his 40s who was shot dead and the two others were traveling to pray in Jerusalem.

Two additional Palestinians also traveling in the vehicle were taken to Palestinian hospitals to treat light wounds.

Israel captured the West Bank and East Jerusalem, land the Palestinians want for a future state, during a 1967 Middle East War in a move that has not won international recognition.