Palestinian driver killed as he attempts to ram soldiers
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Palestinian driver killed as he attempts to ram soldiers

Troops open fire at vehicle as it speeds toward them at Halhul Junction, north of Hebron; no Israelis hurt; large knife found on attacker's body

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

FILE: A knife found on the body of a Palestinian driver who was killed when he attempted to ram IDF soldiers at a checkpoint north of Hebron, December 11, 2015. (IDF Spokesperson's Unit)
FILE: A knife found on the body of a Palestinian driver who was killed when he attempted to ram IDF soldiers at a checkpoint north of Hebron, December 11, 2015. (IDF Spokesperson's Unit)

A Palestinian driver attempted to ram IDF soldiers near the West Bank city of Hebron Friday afternoon, but was shot and killed by troops.

Soldiers opened fire on the vehicle as it sped toward them at a checkpoint at Halhul Junction, outside the town of Halhul north of Hebron, killing the driver and preventing the attack.

The Israel Defense Forces confirmed the driver was killed by the soldiers’ fire.

A large knife was found on the driver’s body, the army said.

No Israelis were hurt in the incident.

The attacker was later identified as 55-year-old Issa Haroub from a village near Hebron.

The incident marked the second Palestinian attack in as many hours.

Earlier Friday, a Palestinian opened fire on the Gilboa crossing between Israel and the northern West Bank.

No Israelis were hurt in that attack either.

According to a Defense Ministry statement, the Palestinian attacker opened fire from several dozen yards away. A guard identified the assailant and returned fire, apparently wounding him.

A Palestinian commercial vehicle then sped up to the shooter, who got in and escaped.

Security forces launched a manhunt for the attacker, who was believed to have come from around the nearby Palestinian city of Jenin. According to Channel 10, Palestinian Authority police may have arrested the shooter while he fled the scene.

Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

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