A Palestinian man has been shot dead after he allegedly rammed his vehicle into a group of Israeli soldiers, injuring one, near a settlement in the occupied West Bank.
An Israeli army spokesman claimed that the man emerged from his vehicle brandishing a knife after the ramming near Bethlehem intersection on Monday, prompting another soldier to shoot him, the Palestinian news agency Ma’an reported on Monday.
The news agency identified the Palestinian as 24-year old Muhammad Ibrahim Jibril from the West Bank area of Tuqu.
Israel’s emergency medical service also said that a 20-year-old Israeli soldier was taken to a hospital in Jerusalem (al-Quds) for treatment.
Reports said that the Israeli soldier was “moderately injured”, and suffered from wounds to his upper and lower limbs.
According to reports, Jibril is the 37th Palestinian to be killed by an Israeli in 2017. A total of eight Israelis were killed by Palestinians during the same period last year.
Since 2015, there have been more than 250 Palestinians killed by Israeli fire, and 42 Israelis killed by Palestinian assailants.
Palestinians say the attacks stem from anger over decades of Israeli occupation in territory they claim for their state.
A number of local and international human rights groups have raised concerns that Israeli security forces have used excessive force when confronting Palestinians who had carried out attacks or been suspected of doing so.
The latest incident comes as Israel’s intelligence minister proposed on Monday to annex five settlements into the Jerusalem municipality, while also removing around 100,000 Palestinians from the city’s census.