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1st LD: Israeli killed in Palestinian vehicular attack

Xinhua, April 6, 2017 Adjust font size:

A Palestinian rammed a car into Israelis in the occupied West Bank on Thursday morning, killing one Israeli and injuring another, the military said.

Initial reports said that soldiers shot and killed the driver, but the military stated in a later statement that the man was arrested and taken into custody.

An army spokesperson said that the incident, near the Israeli settlement of Ofra in the central West Bank, was an apparent car-ramming attack.

"One Israeli was killed and another Israeli was injured," the spokesperson said in a statement. "The injured was taken to the hospital for medical treatment."

Some Israeli media reported that the casualties were soldiers but the Israel Defense Forces Spokesperson's Unit said it cannot confirm this information.

The attack was part of a spate of violence that broke out in September 2015 but has abated in recent months.

Over the past two weeks, however, the frequency of the Palestinian attacks seems to be on the rise again.

On Saturday, Israeli police shot dead a Palestinian knifeman after he stabbed and wounded two civilians and a policeman in East Jerusalem's Old City.

Since the beginning of the unrest, Palestinians have killed 41 Israelis and two U.S. nationals, while Israeli forces and civilians killed at least 241 Palestinians, a Jordanian, and two African asylum seekers, most of them alleged attackers, according to Israel.

Israel accuses the Palestinian National Authority of "inciting" the unrest. The Palestinians say it is the result of 50 years of Israeli occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, home to more than 5 million Palestinians. Endit