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Palestinian killed after injuring several Israeli soldiers, settlers in car-ramming operation in occupied West Bank

Israeli forces shoot a Palestinian man who injured five Israeli settlers in a car-ramming operation near the city of Jericho in the occupied West Bank, on October 30, 2022. (Photo via Twitter)

Israeli forces have killed another Palestinian following a car-ramming operation that left five settlers injured near the city of Jericho in the occupied West Bank.

The Palestinian Information Center, quoting Israeli media, said following the Sunday attack the regime’s forces fatally shot the Palestinian man who was driving the car south of Jericho.

Later in the day, the Palestinian Health Ministry identified the man as Barakat Moussa Odeh, 49, from the village of al-Ezariya, east of the occupied city of al-Quds. It added that Odeh succumbed to the wounds he sustained from Israeli gunfire near the Nabi Moussa junction, south of Jericho.

Israeli medical sources said the injured soldiers and settlers suffered different injuries following the incident. They added that the driver first rammed some Israelis near Nabi Musa village and then continued driving and plowed into a bus stop at Almog Junction, injuring others. The injured settlers were evacuated to hospitals in occupied al-Quds.

Following the incident, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine issued a statement, hailing “the heroic operation” in the West Bank, and adding that “it renewed the emphasis on the need to confront the occupation and its continuing crimes.”

Palestinian resistance movement, Hamas, also welcomed the operation, saying it left six Israeli soldiers and settlers wounded.

In a Sunday statement, the movement said, “The occupation must ... get used to the sight of its soldiers lying on the ground ... in light of the escalation of its crimes against our people, our land and our holy sites.”

The Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement also reacted to Sunday operation, saying it proves “once again the vitality of our people and the valor of our fighters in striking the enemy in Jenin, Nablus, al-khalil and Ramallah.

The reported attack came amid heavily intensified Israeli raids throughout the West Bank in search of alleged Palestinian gunmen responsible for a spate of deadly attacks on Israeli forces by Palestinian resistance forces – which began in March.

More than 100 Palestinians have so far been killed during the Israeli regime’s brutal crackdown on West Bank’s native residents.

On Saturday, four Israelis and a Palestinian were injured in a gun attack near an Israeli checkpoint in the occupied West Bank city of al-Khalil, also known as Hebron.

The gunman was reportedly shot dead by the occupying forces. Local news outlets cited Tel Aviv’s army as saying that the unidentified attacker “shot live fire” at the checkpoint in al-Khalil, also home to a community of radical Israeli settlers.

“Soldiers are conducting searches in the area” for additional suspects, the occupying army said. The Palestinian Red Crescent also announced that the Palestinian victim was receiving treatment at a local hospital.

The Israeli regime occupied and annexed the West Bank, including East al-Quds, in a heavily-Western-backed war of aggression in 1967.

Ever since, it has dotted the territory with hundreds of illegal settlements that have come to house hundreds of thousands of Zionist settlers that immigrated to occupied Palestine – mostly from Europe and the US.

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