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Palestinian wounds Israelis in suspected car-ramming attack: reports

Israeli security forces stand guard at the site of a car ramming attack at the Huwara checkpoint near the West Bank city of Nablus, on December 26, 2015
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The assailant has reportedly been 'neutralized', condition not immediately clear

A Palestinian woman on Friday afternoon lightly wounded two Israelis when she allegedly drove her vehicle into theirs, and was then shot dead in the West Bank, Israeli media outlets report.

The wounded Israelis, a couple in their 50s, were taken to hospital in Jerusalem. 

According to preliminary reports, the Palestinian drove to a hitchhiking station near Kiryat Arba, a Jewish settlement outside of Hebron, and tried to ram into people. The driver reportedly hit another vehicle by accident instead. Troops opened fire, the Ynet news site reports, and the attacker was fatally wounded.

The Palestinian health ministry identified the assailant as Majd al-Khudur, from Bani Naim, close to the Kiryat Arba settlement. 

Hebron has long been a flashpoint in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. 

A few hundred Jewish settlers live under heavy army guard among several hundred thousand Palestinians in the heart of the West Bank's most populous city.

Violence since October has killed at least 210 Palestinians, 32 Israelis, two Americans, an Eritrean and a Sudanese national.

Most of the Palestinians were carrying out knife, gun or car-ramming attacks, according to Israeli authorities.

Others were killed in clashes with security forces or by Israeli air strikes in the Gaza Strip.


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