Israeli forces kill Palestinian over suspected car ramming

Israeli forces kill Palestinian over suspected car ramming in West Bank
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21 December, 2021
The driver "accelerated his car towards a manned military post" next to Mevo Dotan in the occupied West Bank, the military alleged.
Rights groups have accused Israeli forces of showing "appalling disregard for human life" by using unlawful lethal force against Palestinians [Getty]

Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian motorist they said had attempted to drive his vehicle into a military checkpoint near a West Bank settlement on Tuesday.

The driver "accelerated his car towards a manned military post" next to Mevo Dotan in the occupied West Bank, the military alleged.

Israeli forces opened fire and the car crashed into an Israeli army vehicle, setting both on fire. No Israelis were injured, a military statement said.

Israel captured the West Bank and parts of East Jerusalem in the 1967 Middle East war and annexed them in a move not recognised internationally.

Since then, some 475,000 Jewish settlers slowly moved into the occupied West Bank, building settlements deemed illegal by much of the international community.

The West Bank is home to more than 2.8 million Palestinians, who face settler and military violence in their daily lives under the occupation.

Rights groups have accused Israeli forces of showing "appalling disregard for human life" by using unlawful lethal force against Palestinians who they accuse of planning to carry out "attacks".

Amnesty International has repeatedly urged an end to the "worrying rise in unlawful killings by Israeli forces, fostered by a culture of impunity".