Policeman shoots Palestinian in West Bank
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Policeman shoots Palestinian in West Bank

Officer opens fire on driver, suspecting he intended to run him over with his car

Aaron Kalman is a former writer and breaking news editor for the Times of Israel

An Israeli policeman shot and moderately injured a Palestinian driver near the West Bank settlement of Karnei Shomron on Thursday morning.

Initial reports from the scene said the man failed to stop at a checkpoint, and the officer, who feared that the man intended to run him over, fired in self-defense.

The Palestinian was treated by Magen David Adom medics who arrived on the scene.

The past few years have seen similar incidents, with Palestinians using cars, trucks and bulldozers as a makeshift weapon and deliberately hitting Israelis with the vehicles.

In December, police fired at an East Jerusalem taxi driver who attempted to hit a Border Police officer.

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