Israeli Army Says Palestinian Shot Trying to Run Over Soldiers, Civilians in West Bank

No Israeli wounded in the incident

File photo: Israeli soldiers react amid burning tires and tear gas near the Hawara checkpoint, West Bank, December 14, 2018.
Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP

A Palestinian tried to run over soldiers and civilians near an army base in the northern West Bank, the Israeli army said Wednesday. The Palestinian was shot and no Israelis were wounded.

Last week, the army said that a Palestinian teen from East Jerusalem shot dead by Israeli soldiers in the West Bank Thursday did not drive through a roadblock and was not trying to commit an attack, reversing its initial account.

The incident took place near the West Bank town of Beitin, not far from the checkpoint between Ramallah and the settlement of Beit El, north of Jerusalem.

Following an initial inquiry, the army said soldiers ordered the driver to stop, but he made a U-turn and tried to flee. The soldiers fired warning shots in the air, and the car sped away toward a nearby checkpoint.

The soldiers at the checkpoint were alerted and were told that the vehicle might contain suspects from an attempted shooting earlier Thursday near the settlement of Ofra.

When the car approached the checkpoint, the soldiers shouted at the driver to stop and fired warning shots into the air. He did not stop, and the soldiers opened fire before the vehicle reached the checkpoint. At least one other person was wounded by the gunfire.

After the incident, the commander of the Judea and Samaria Division reiterated the regulations on such incidents with brigade commanders in the region. The IDF Spokesperson's Unit said no new regulations were issued, but it “was necessary to update brigade commanders on the standard procedures.