Two Palestinians shot after driving ‘suspiciously’ at soldiers — army
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Two Palestinians shot after driving ‘suspiciously’ at soldiers — army

Driver killed, passenger wounded; no troops injured; officials checking if incident was a misunderstanding or an attempted attack

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

Illustrative: IDF forces operate in the West Bank settlement of Halamish on July 23, 2017. (IDF spokesman)
Illustrative: IDF forces operate in the West Bank settlement of Halamish on July 23, 2017. (IDF spokesman)

Israeli troops shot two Palestinians, killing one, after they accelerated their car at the soldiers in the West Bank on Tuesday, the army said.

The Israel Defense Forces said it was investigating the incident to determine if the Palestinians were attempting to ram their car into the soldiers or if it was a misunderstanding.

The Palestinian driver, who died of his wounds, was identified as Muhammad Abdallah Ali Musa, 26. His sister, Latifah Musa, 33, was shot in the shoulder, according to Palestinian media.

“A Palestinian vehicle suspiciously approached IDF soldiers near the village of Nabi Saleh,” the army said in a statement.

According to soldiers at the scene, just north of the Halamish settlement, the Palestinian-registered vehicle accelerated toward them.

“The soldiers perceived the vehicle as a threat and consequently fired toward it in order to stop it,” the army statement said.

The soldiers shot the vehicle four times.

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Muhammad was taken to Petah Tikva’s Beilinson Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, a hospital spokesperson said.

Latifah was taken to a Palestinian hospital in the West Bank by a local medical team, the IDF said.

No soldiers were hurt in the incident.

“The event is being reviewed,” the IDF said.

Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

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