Palestinian Shot, Killed After Reportedly Trying to Run Over Israeli Soldiers

Soldiers shot at the vehicle in the West Bank after suspecting it was a car-ramming attack. Wounded Palestinian passenger evacuated to Ramallah

Israeli policemen inspect the scene of a suspected ramming attack near the West Bank city of Ramallah October 31, 2017.
Israeli policemen inspect the scene of a suspected ramming attack near the West Bank city of Ramallah October 31, 2017. MOHAMAD TOROKMAN/REUTERS

Israeli soldiers on Tuesday shot and killed a Palestinian driver who the military said attempted to run over them near a West Bank settlement.

The Palestinian driver, 26-year-old Mohammed Abdallah Mussa from the West Bank village of Deir Ballut, was seriously wounded and taken to the Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva, after receiving initial medical treatment on the scene. He later died of his wounds.

Mussa's sister, Latifa Abdullah, 33, who was also in the car, was wounded by the gunfire. Israeli medical sources said she was evacuated by car to Ramallah. The Palestinian Red Crescent Society said that Israeli forces prevented them from treating her. Her medical state was not immediately clear. 

According to a relative, Mohammed was on his way to Ramallah to arrange a driver's license and his sister, Latifa, accompanied him to visit a school in the city for one of her daughters. 

The military said that the vehicle raised the suspicion of the soldiers after it approached them, adding that the incident is being investigated. No soldiers were hurt in the incident.

If in fact this was an attempted attack, the fact that a passenger was also present in the car is considered unusual. In most car-ramming attacks in the West Bank, the drivers were alone in the car.

Kamal Mussa, the siblings' uncle, told Haaretz: "We strongly reject any claim that Mohammed planned to carry out an attack, that's a lie and a fabrication." According to him, "someone planning to carry out a terror attack does not bring his sister, a mother of five, into the car." Mussa added that Mohammed worked odd jobs and that Latifa is married and has four daughters and a son.

The incident took place near the settlement of Halamish, in the center of the West Bank, where three members of an Israeli family were murdered during a Shabbat meal in July. Omar al-Abed, the Palestinian terrorist who committed the attack, infiltrated the settlement and stabbed members of the Solomon family.