April 19, 2017 / 4:21 PM / 4 months ago

Israeli troops kill Palestinian who rammed West Bank bus stop - army

An Israeli policeman inspects the scene of a Palestinian car ramming attack at the Gush Etzion Junction, south of the West Bank city of Bethlehem April 19, 2017.Mussa Qawasma

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli troops shot and killed a Palestinian driver who rammed his car into a bus stop in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday injuring a pedestrian, the army and a hospital spokesman said.

An army statement said the car rammed a bus stop at Gush Etzion Junction, a busy intersection near a cluster of Israeli West Bank settlements, injuring an Israeli civilian. Troops responded by shooting at the driver.

Pictures from the scene showed a car that had collided with the back of a bus standing in a bus stop.

David Gavriel, a surgeon at Jerusalem's Shaare Zedek hospital, said the man in his 20's had suffered multiple wounds including gunshot wounds to the head. He arrived with no vital signs and was pronounced dead after resuscitation efforts failed. The pedestrian suffered light to moderate injuries.

Israeli policemen stand guard at the scene of a Palestinian car ramming attack at the Gush Etzion Junction, south of the West Bank city of Bethlehem April 19, 2017.Mussa Qawasma

The Palestinian heath ministry identified the dead man as 21-year-old Suhaib Mashahra, from the village of Sawahreh near the West Bank town of Bethlehem.

The incident was the latest in a long list of sporadic street attacks by Palestinians and came six days after a Palestinian man stabbed a British student to death on a tram in Jerusalem.

An Israeli policeman gestures at the scene of a Palestinian car ramming attack at the Gush Etzion Junction, south of the West Bank city of Bethlehem April 19, 2017.Mussa Qawasma

A wave of street attacks by Palestinians in Israel, Jerusalem and the Israeli-occupied West Bank since October 2015 has killed 37 Israelis, two American tourists and a British student. At least 243 Palestinians have died during the period of sporadic violence.

Israel says at least 163 of the Palestinians killed had launched stabbing, shooting or car ramming attacks. Others died during clashes and protests.

Israel has accused the Palestinian leadership of inciting the violence. The Palestinian Authority, which exercises limited self-rule in the West Bank, denies incitement and charges that in many cases, Israel has used excessive force in thwarting attackers armed with rudimentary weapons.

Additional reporting by Ali Sawafta in Ramallah; Writing by Ori Lewis; Editing by Tom Heneghan

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