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Palestinian shot dead, another injured in Hebron after car ramming attack

Sept. 16, 2016 2:08 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 18, 2016 6:24 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian man at the entrance of the Kiryat Arba settlement in the occupied West Bank district of Hebron and critically wounded a woman who was also in the vehicle after the two allegedly carried out a car ramming attack on Friday.

It was initially reported that three Israeli civilians were injured in the incident, though Israeli news site Ynet later said the three were "treated for shock but were physically unharmed."

The slain Palestinian was later identified by locals as Fares Moussa Muhammad Khaddour, 18, while the wounded Palestinian woman was identified as Moussa's fiancee, 18-year-old Raghad Abdullah Abdullah Khaddour, the sister of Majd Khaddour who was killed by Israeli forces at the same junction in June after attempting a car ramming attack

Israeli army spokesperson Peter Lerner said in a statement that three Israelis were wounded in the attack, without specifying the extent of their injuries.

He added that Raghad Khaddour was evacuated from the scene. Lerner also posted a picture of the crime scene on twitter, showing blood-stained car seats with a large knife placed on the passenger seat. Lerner did not reference or explain why a knife was placed in the center of the passenger seat in his statement.

Later Friday evening, Karim Ajwah, a lawyer from the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners' affairs, said Ragahad Khadour was "in a difficult and worrying medical condition."

Ajwah said that Khadour, who was at the intensive care unit of the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, was shot with live fire in the abdomen area, connected to a respirator, and had completed an operation earlier in the day. Her condition was difficult but stabilizing, he said.

The two Palestinians originated from the village of Bani Naim, which has experienced an escalated crackdown by Israeli forces after a series of attacks were committed by Palestinian residents of the area at the end of June and early July. The village was completely sealed from the rest of the West Bank for more than a month as Israeli forces placed the entire village under a military blockade and revoked Israeli travel permits for some 2,700 residents of the village.

Moussa Khaddour was the second Palestinian to be killed by Israeli forces in less than 24 hours. Muhammad Ahmad Abed al-Fattah al-Sarrahin, 30, was killed on Thursday after succumbing to gunshot wounds sustained earlier in the day when Israeli forces raided the village of Beit Ula in the district of Hebron and opened live fire on al-Sarrahin as soldiers reportedly struggled to detain him.

Meanwhile a Jordanian citizen -- who was not yet confirmed to be a Palestinian citizen of Jordan -- was killed by Israeli forces after allegedly carrying out a stabbing attack outside Damascus Gate in occupied East Jerusalem less than 45 minutes before the alleged car ramming attack.

According to Ma’an documentation, 224 Palestinians have been killed by Israelis since a wave of unrest first swept across the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel in October.

Rights groups have denounced what they have termed a "shoot-to-kill" policy by the Israeli forces, which they say has led to the death of numerous Palestinians who did not constitute a threat or who could have been subdued in a non-lethal manner.

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