2 Palestinians Shot Dead After Attempting Attacks; 3 Israeli Soldiers Wounded by Friendly Fire

Israeli forces, Palestinians clash in Qalandiyah refugee camp after raid.

Palestinians stand next to a car, used by Palestinians in an attempted ramming attack against Israeli soldiers, in the Qalandiya refugee camp near the West Bank city of Ramallah on December 16, 2015.
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Three Israeli soldiers were lightly wounded early Wednesday after an attempted car attack in the West Bank's Qalandiyah refugee camp. The Palestinian driver of the car was shot dead by the forces, and, according to an initial army investigation, the forces were wounded by friendly fire.

An additional attempted car-ramming attack took place overnight in Qalandiyah, where Israeli soldiers and Border Police officers were conducting a raid. In this case too, the driver was shot and killed. No Israeli causalities were sustained in the incident.

Palestinian medical sources identified the two Palestinians as Ahmed Jahjuh, a 21-year-old resident of Qalandiyah, and Hachmat Hamdan, a 20-year-old resident of Al-Bira. According to the sources, the former was a communications student and a relative of Yunis Jahjuh, a Palestinian killed in clashes with the IDF two years ago.

Palestinians from the Qalandiyah refugee camp said that after the raid, clashes broke out between residents and the IDF. According to local medical sources, some four Palestinians were wounded, one seriously, by IDF fire.

On Monday, 14 people were wounded when a Palestinian from East Jerusalem plowed his car into a large group of people waiting at a bus stop at the entrance to Jerusalem. The assailant, Abed Almohsin Hassoneh, 21, from Beit Hanina was shot and killed at the scene while still in his car. An axe was found in the vehicle.