Palestinian killed after car allegedly flees troops and hits soldier in West Bank

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A Palestinian man was shot dead by Israeli soldiers near the West Bank town of Qalqilya on Saturday afternoon, with the military saying he was in a car that hit a soldier as he fled from troops seeking to interrogate the driver.

According to the Israel Defense Forces, soldiers tried to stop a vehicle carrying three illegal Palestinian workers, who had been arrested after crossing from Israel into the West Bank through the “junction zone” – an area east of the Green Line but west of the edge of the security barrier.

As troops sought to interrogate the driver, the vehicle fled, hitting and lightly wounding a soldier, the IDF said, adding that he did not need to be hospitalized.

The army said troops opened fire on the vehicle after it hit the soldier, and it knew a Palestinian had been injured by the gunfire.

The Palestinian Authority Health Ministry identified the man as Rabi Arfah a-Rabi, 32.

The ministry said he was taken to a hospital in Qalqilya in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the head.

It was unclear whether a-Rabi was the driver or one of the passengers.

The Israeli military said it was looking for other suspects in the area and would further investigate the incident, which occurred amid heightened tensions in the West Bank.

Also on Saturday afternoon, a young Israeli was stabbed and seriously wounded in East Jerusalem.

The alleged attacker, a teenager from a West Bank town near Jerusalem, was shot dead by police and captured.

Earlier on Saturday, a Palestinian driver slammed at a guard post at a crossing point in the northern West Bank, in what Israeli authorities described as an alleged ramming attempt.

Israeli troops have continued to wage a counterterrorism campaign launched earlier this year after 19 people were killed in a series of attacks.

Four soldiers were killed in the West Bank in attacks and during arrest operations.

More than 120 Palestinians were also killed, many in attacks or in clashes with security forces – but some were not involved.

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