Thursday, 31 December 2015

Palestinian killed after 'suspected' car attack near Huwwara


NABLUS (Ma’an) -- A Palestinian was shot dead after a suspected vehicular attack near the Huwwara military checkpoint in the northern occupied West Bank district of Nablus, Israel’s army said.

A spokesperson for the Israeli army told Ma’an that an assailant ran his car into Israeli forces who were stationed on highway 60 near the Huwwara checkpoint for security purposes.

The forces opened fire on the man, killing him on scene, the spokesperson said.

One soldier was moderately wounded in the suspected attack and was taken to Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva, Israeli media reported.

Highway 60 is a major thoroughfare for Palestinians as well as Israelis living in illegal settlements, and the Huwwara area that lies on the route has been site to frequent confrontation between local Palestinians and Israeli military and settlers in recent months.

Two Palestinians were shot dead on Dec. 27 after stabbing an Israeli soldier in the village of Huwwara, located adjacent to the checkpoint. more