Palestinian driver tries to crash into IDF troops, is killed

Attacker, a 40-year-old mother of four, is shot by soldiers in incident near Ramallah; Palestinian said killed in clash on Gaza border

Illustrative photo of Border Police officers at the Tapuah Junction near Nablus, August 15, 2015. (Flash90)
Illustrative photo of Border Police officers at the Tapuah Junction near Nablus, August 15, 2015. (Flash90)

A Palestinian driver attempted to crash her car into a group of Israeli soldiers in the West Bank Friday afternoon. The woman was shot and pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

No troops were injured in the incident near the Palestinian village of Silwad, north of Ramallah.

The woman was identified in Arabic media as Mahdia Mohammad Hamad, 40, a mother of four.

In a separate incident Friday, a Palestinian man was reportedly killed in clashes with the IDF east of Gaza City along the border with Israel. Palestinian news outlet Al Watan Voice identified the man as 22-year-old Hani Rafiq Wahdan.

At least nine others were injured in the clashes, a Gaza Health Ministry spokesman said.

Later on Friday evening, Palestinians threw stones at IDF soldiers near the village of Bayt Furik, south of Nablus, and the troops responded with sniper fire. There were no immediate reports of injuries, according to Ynet.

The incidents came after three terror attacks on Thursday, in an ongoing wave of Palestinian attacks since September.

One person was lightly injured Thursday morning in a suspected car-ramming in the West Bank north of Jerusalem, the third attack in as many hours Thursday morning.

The army said a car tried to hit soldiers and Border Police at the Adam junction next to the Rama army base. The driver was shot and killed at the scene, an IDF statement said.

Earlier Thursday, a Palestinian stabbed and injured two security guards at an industrial park outside the West Bank settlement of Ariel. Guards at the site shot and killed the attacker during the incident, police said.

One victim, 24, was listed in serious condition after suffering several stab wounds to his upper body. A female guard, also 24, was listed in moderate condition with a stab wounds to her upper body, according to police and the Magen David Adom rescue organization.

Less than an hour later, a Palestinian man attempting to stab soldiers with a screwdriver was shot and killed near the West Bank city of Hebron. The army said the assailant, “armed with a screwdriver, approached a checkpoint near Hebron and attempted to the stab security forces.” The soldiers opened fire on the man, killing him, the IDF said.

On Wednesday, two Palestinians stabbed three Israelis outside the Old City of Jerusalem’s Jaffa Gate. Both were shot dead by Border Police at the scene. Two of the Israeli victims died, one from errant gunfire.

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