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Israeli forces open fire at Palestinian vehicle, arrest driver

The photo shows the Palestinian car which came under Israeli fire over an alleged ramming attack near Qalandia checkpoint, north of al-Quds, on October 14, 2021.

Israeli soldiers have opened fire at a Palestinian vehicle, injured and detained its driver over an alleged car-ramming attack in the occupied West Bank.

Citing local sources, the Palestinian Wafa news agency reported that Israeli forces fired live bullets at the car near Qalandia checkpoint, north of al-Quds, early on Thursday.

They also closed the area and prevented people from passing with military reinforcements, the report added.

Meanwhile, Israeli media claimed that the Palestinian drove at a high speed towards Israeli forces and struck a border police officer, who was later taken to hospital.

Israeli forces fired towards the vehicle, causing its driver, a 22-year-old resident of the West Bank city of Qalqilya, to crash into a wall.

He sustained a moderate head wound and was taken to al-Quds’ Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem for treatment, a hospital spokesperson said.

According to Israeli media, the Palestinian was transferred to the custody of the Shin Bet spy agency for questioning.

The Tel Aviv regime has been criticized for its extensive use of lethal force against and extrajudicial killing of Palestinians who do not pose an immediate threat to the occupation forces.

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