Palestinian Shot Dead After Suspected Car-ramming Attack in the West Bank

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The car of the suspect in the attack, May 14, 2020.
The car of the suspect in the attack, May 14, 2020.Credit: IDF Spokesperson

A Palestinian teenager was shot dead on Thursday by Israeli military forces in the West Bank after a suspected car-ramming attack that injured an Israeli soldier. 

The Israel Defense Forces' spokesperson said the suspect was shot at the scene, near the settlement of Negohot, south-east of Hebron, adding the army is looking into the incident.

Emergency medical teams reported that a soldier in his early 20s was rushed to the Soroka Medical Center in Be'er Sheva in moderate to serious condition after being hit.

A security official says the Palestinian attempted suicide and even left a suicide note "with religious characteristic." The Palestinian Health Ministry said the suspect was Bahaa Muhammad Abdullah Alawada, a 15-year-old from Deir Samat town in the south of the West Bank.

The scene of the suspected attack near the settlement of Negohot, south-east of Hebron, May 14, 2020. Credit: Magen David Adom

The Israeli army spokesperson said in a statement that the suspect "drove quickly toward IDF soldiers next to a military post." The suspect then "hit one of the soldiers, and another soldier opened fire at the terrorist and neutralized him. The wounded man was sent for medical treatment in a hospital."

On Tuesday, a 21-year-old soldier died during a raid in the village of Ya'bad, near Jenin, when a stone hurled from a rooftop struck his head.

Witnesses said Israeli troops arrested 11 people in connection with the killing of Staff Sgt. Amit Ben Yigal, all members of the same family. Local reports also said four young people were wounded by rubber bullets.

On Wednesday morning, a 15-year-old Palestinian was killed by live fire in clashes with the IDF during an arrest raid in the Al Fuwar refugee camp near Hebron, and two more were injured.  

In a statement, the Israeli military said that violent riots broke out during the raid in the refugee camp, "during which terrorists threw stones and boulders, firebombs and explosives," and added that gunshots were heard in the area. 

The statement added that forces responded with crowd control measures and live fire, and that a soldier was lightly wounded by the stone throwing. "We are aware of the claim that a Palestinian was killed and that a number of Palestinians were wounded," the military said.

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