Palestinian driver rams Israeli soldiers, shot dead: Army

Israeli soldiers walk at the site where a Palestinian driver ran over and injured two Israeli soldiers.
Israeli soldiers walk at the site where a Palestinian driver ran over and injured two Israeli soldiers.PHOTO: AFP

JERUSALEM (AFP) - A Palestinian driver ran over and injured two Israeli soldiers in the West Bank on Friday before being shot dead, Israeli security services said.

"A Palestinian rammed his vehicle at IDF (Israel Defence Forces) soldiers" near the West Bank Jewish settlement of Ofra north of Ramallah, an army statement said.

"In response, forces on site fired at the assailant," it added.

Police said the alleged attacker had been killed.

Palestinian security sources identified him as 19-year-old Anas Basam Hamad from near Ofra.

The soldiers were taken to hospital, with Israel's medical service describing their conditions as not life threatening.

It came just hours after another attack roughly 20km away in which a Palestinian stabbed and wounded an Israeli before being shot dead.

That incident took place near the village of Kfar Abud, between Ramallah and Nablus in the northern West Bank.

The army said the attack took place at a checkpoint.

"The assailant exited his vehicle and stabbed the soldier in the neck," a statement said.

A wave of violence that erupted on Oct 1 has so far claimed the lives of more than 120 people, including 109 Palestinians and 17 Israelis.

More than half of the Palestinians have been assailants, while others have been shot dead by Israeli security forces during clashes.

Most of the violence has been in the occupied West Bank but there have been semi-regular protests in the Gaza Strip.

Two Palestinians were wounded on Friday near Israel's heavily guarded border with the enclave when tanks fired on them, Palestinian health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra told AFP.

An Israeli army spokeswoman confirmed two Palestinians entered the no-go zone close to the border fence, east of the city of Khan Younes.

After warning shots were ignored, "forces fired live fire and tank rounds" and the suspects retreated, she said.