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Israelis Fatally Shoot Alleged Palestinian Attacker

Israelis Fatally Shoot Alleged Palestinian Attacker

Wednesday, 25 November, 2020 - 18:15
Israeli security forces inspect the scene where Israeli border police shot at a Palestinian driver who allegedly tried to ram them at Al-Zaim checkpoint on the outskirts of east Jerusalem. (AFP)

Israeli security forces fatally shot a Palestinian at a checkpoint outside Jerusalem on Wednesday after he allegedly tried to run down a border policeman, the Israeli police said.

The driver, from Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, tried to flee an inspection at the checkpoint, hitting and lightly injuring the officer, the police said in a statement.

"The policeman and security personnel fired at the vehicle," it said, wounding the driver who was taken to a Jerusalem hospital.

"After attempts to save him, he was pronounced dead," Hadassah hospital said in a Whatsapp message.

The police did not immediately characterize the incident -- at the Al-Zaim checkpoint in the occupied West Bank, just east of Jerusalem -- as a terrorist attack.

The statement said army personnel checking the driver's documents became suspicious that they were forged and during the inspection the suspect drove off at speed, hitting the policeman.

The Hadassah statement said he arrived at the hospital's trauma unit "with no pulse and a severe stomach wound".

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