Palestinian Killed After Alleged Car Attack; Two Killed in Clashes in Gaza, West Bank

IDF reportedly kill Gazan during riots near border fence, hours after two attempted car-ramming attacks in West Bank.

Nir Hasson
Almog Ben Zikri
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The suspected assailant's car in Silwad.
The suspected assailant's car in Silwad.Credit: Israel Police
Nir Hasson
Almog Ben Zikri

At least two Palestinians were killed in clashes with the Israeli army along the border fence with Gaza and in the West Bank on Friday, hours after a Palestinian shot while attempting a car-ramming attack in the West Bank died of his wounds.

According to the Israeli army, in the alleged West Bank attack, the second of its kind Friday, the Palestinian tried to ram his car into a group of soldiers during clashes in the village of Silwad when he was shot.

No Israeli casualties were reported in the incident and an Israeli police spokeswoman said the Palestinian had a knife with him in the car.

Several hours later, another Palestinian was reportedly killed during clashes with the IDF in the village of Sinjil, north east of Ramallah. He was identified by Palestinian media as Nashat Asfur.

Meanwhile, Palestinian news agency Ma'an quoted Gaza’s Health Ministry as saying that Mahmoud Muhammad Saed al-Agha, 20, was killed by IDF fire during clashes near Khan Younis in Gaza. The report also said some 30 people were injured by rubber bullet fire.

Earlier, riots were reported along Israel's border fence with Gaza, with a dozen or so protesters burning tires and throwing fire bombs at Israeli security forces across the border, who responded with gun fire.

The attempted car attack was the second to occur on Friday. Earlier in the day, a Palestinian driver was shot and wounded when a security guard spotted him speeding toward security personnel at the Qalandiyah checkpoint outside Jerusalem. According to a police report, a security guard opened fire at assailant's car, causing the car to swerve and hit a cement block, coming to a stop. 

The driver, a 30-year-old resident of Turmus Ayya in the West Bank, stepped out of the vehicle and started running toward the guards, at which point he was shot in the lower body. The suspected assailant was being treated by paramedics at the scene.

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