Israel troops open fire after attacker rams auto, injures man

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Israel troops open fire after attacker rams auto, injures man

A Palestinian man was shot dead by Israeli forces on Wednesday after allegedly trying to ram his auto into a group of Israelis in the occupied West Bank, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.

The attack took place on Route 60 next to Gush Etzion junction.

The incident occurred at the Gush Etzion Junction, a busy intersection south of Jerusalem that has been the site of multiple attacks over the past year and a half. Troops responded by shooting at the driver.

However, photographs of the scene published by Israeli media showed that the Palestinian vehicle had seemingly collided with the back of a bus. He arrived with no vital signs and was pronounced dead after resuscitation efforts failed.

The Palestinian health ministry identified him as Suhaib Mousa Mashour Manasra, a 21-year-old from Sawahra village.

A wave of unrest which erupted in October 2015 has claimed the lives of 261 Palestinians, 41 Israelis, two Americans, one Jordanian, an Eritrean, a Sudanese and a Briton, according to an AFP count.

In that same time, Israeli forces killed at least 244 Palestinians, a lot of them identified as attackers by Israeli authorities. The rest died in clashes.

Israel has accused the Palestinian leadership of inciting the violence.

IDF forces in the area shot and neutralized the attacker.

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