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Additional details cast doubt on IDF assessment that incident near Ramallah was a car-ramming

The Palestinian Authority Health Ministry spokesman Osama Najjar identifies the man shot dead by Israeli security forces in al-Bireh, a town adjacent to Ramallah, earlier today as 58-year-old Hamdan al-Arda.

The IDF said on Thursday a man had attempted to run over Israeli soldiers in al-Bireh, but defense officials, according to Channel 10, later assessed the incident was not a car-ramming.

Najjar told the Times of Israel Arda, who was a resident of Araba, a village in the northern West Bank, was the owner of an aluminum company in al-Bireh and was shot dead by Israeli forces meters away from his business’s headquarters.

— Adam Rasgon

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