JERUSALEM Israeli troops shot and killed a Palestinian driver who rammed his vehicle into three Israeli soldiers, injuring them, on a road in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday, the army said.
The Palestinian health ministry identified the dead man as Ahmed Reyad Shehada, 36, a resident of Bitunia near the town of Ramallah, close to where the incident took place.
One of the three injured soldiers was in a life-threatening condition, a hospital spokeswoman said.
In the last half year, Palestinian attacks have killed 28 Israelis and two visiting U.S. citizens. Israeli forces have killed at least 192 Palestinians, 131 of whom Israel says were assailants. Many others were shot dead in clashes and protests.
Factors driving the violence include Palestinian bitterness over stalled statehood negotiations and the growth of Israeli settlements in the West Bank, increased Jewish access to a disputed Jerusalem shrine and Islamist-led calls for Israel's destruction.
It was the first violent fatality in the region since a suicide bomber died on April 20 of his wounds after he detonated a device on a Jerusalem commuter bus two days earlier.
Suicide bombings on Israeli buses were a hallmark of the Palestinian revolt of 2000-2005 but have now become rare. With Palestinians carrying out less organised stabbing, car-ramming and gun attacks since October, Israel has been braced for an escalation.
(Additional reporting by Ali Sawafta and Nidal al-Mughrabi, Writing by Ori Lewis; Editing by Richard Balmforth)
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Published Date: May 04, 2016 01:02 am | Updated Date: May 04, 2016 01:02 am