BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A Palestinian was killed after allegedly carrying out a car-ramming attack in the Hebron district of the southern occupied West Bank on Tuesday afternoon.
An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that a vehicular attack took place at the entrance of Beit Einun north of Hebron, adding that “in response to the immediate threat,” Israeli forces fired at the vehicle.
They added that “a hit was confirmed,” clarifying that the Palestinian was “not alive.”
Palestinian security sources identified the slain Palestinian as 29-year-old Rafaat Nathmi Shukri Hirbawi from Hebron City.
Witnesses told Ma’an that Israeli soldiers opened fire at a Mazda car with Palestinian license plates, in which two people were riding. The Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an, however, that they were only aware of one person in the vehicle.Immediately after shooting at the vehicle, large numbers of Israeli troops arrived at the scene and closed off the road to traffic, the eyewitnesses said, adding that the soldiers denied a Palestinian Red Crescent ambulance access to the wounded Palestinian.
Two soldiers were lightly wounded in the incident, the army spokesperson said, adding that they were being hospitalized.
Magen David Adom, the Israeli emergency health service, reported on social media that two Israeli men in their twenties had been evacuated to the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem in mild condition.
However, a spokesperson at the hospital told Ma’an she was not aware of any soldiers being treated there.
According to Ma’an documentation, 45 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces since the beginning of the year — eight of whom were killed in the past seven days alone.
That same day
, three Palestinian citizens of Israel, Muhammad Hamid Abd al-Latif Jabarin, 19, Muhammad Ahmad Mufdal Jabarin, 19, and Muhammad Ahmad Muhammad Jabarin, 29, were killed by Israeli forces while carrying out a shooting attack which killed two Israeli police officers, who were also Palestinian citizens of Israel, in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem.
Ten Israelis have been killed by Palestinians in 2017.
Activists, and rights groups have denounced what they have termed a “shoot-to-kill” policy against Palestinians who did not constitute a threat at the time of their death, or who could have been subdued in a non-lethal manner — amid a backdrop of impunity for Israelis who committed the killings.
Meanwhile, a report released by Human Rights Watch earlier this year documented “numerous statements” made by senior Israeli politicians and religious figures “calling on police and soldiers to shoot to kill suspected attackers, irrespective of whether lethal force is actually strictly necessary to protect life.”
HRW noted that Israel’s shoot-to-kill policy has received widespread support among Israeli citizens, citing a 2016 poll by the Israel Democracy Institute which found that 47 percent of Jewish Israelis supported the sentiment that “any Palestinian who carries out a terror attack against Jews should be killed on the spot, even if he has been captured and clearly does not pose a threat.”
(Source / 18.07.2017)