Israeli Soldiers Kill Palestinian, Wound Wife After Alleged Attack

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Israeli soldiers near Dolev, an settlement in the Ramallah area, in 2016.
Israeli soldiers near Dolev, an settlement in the Ramallah area, in 2016.Credit: Gil Cohen-Magen

Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian man and wounded his wife in the West Bank on Monday night, the Palestinian Health Ministry said.

The Israeli military said the couple had attempted to ram soldiers with their car in the village of Bir Naballah, south of Ramallah. The soldiers were in the village for "operational activity," the statement said.

An IDF spokesperson said that soldiers opened fire after the couple had sped up toward them "in a manner that risked their lives." 

According to witnesses in the village, the Palestinian man was Osama Mansour, a 42-year-old father of five from the village of Biddu. They also told Haaretz that prior to the incident, Israeli forces entered the village to search houses, which led to clashes with village residents.

His wife told a Palestinian news channel that she and Mansour were on their way home from a family visit and were asked by Israeli soldiers to stop at a checkpoint. 

She said they were ordered to stop and did so, even turning off the car's ignition. She said a soldier then motioned for them to drive through, at which point they started the car and moved forward.
“They began shooting at us," she said. “My husband fell into my lap and was killed.”

There were several other vehicles present, including two army jeeps, she said. After a moment, they were asked to move along, at which point the woman said shots were fired and her husband was hit.

The IDF says that it is unclear at this stage if this was an attempted terrorist attack. The IDF's preliminary inspection of the vehicle showed that the driver accelerated towards the soldiers for an unknown reason, causing the soldiers to feel threatened and open fire on it.

The victim is not known to have participated in terrorist activities in the past.

The IDF has opened an investigation into the incident.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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