The IDF thwarted an attempted ramming attack in the Palestinian town of Bir Nabala in the West Bank on Monday night, according to the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit.
The attempted attack took place after IDF soldiers set up a surprise checkpoint in the town. Soldiers noticed a vehicle that stopped at the checkpoint and suddenly accelerated towards another group of soldiers. The soldiers fired at the vehicle and no Israelis were injured.According to Palestinian media, the Palestinian driver, Osama Mansour, 42, was killed and his wife, who was in the car with him, was injured, in the incident. The wife’s condition is stable.The Palestinian Wafa news claimed that the IDF threw a sound grenade at the car when they neared the checkpoint, causing Mansour to speed up after which he was shot. Clashes broke out in the towns of Bir Nabala and Al-Jib between Palestinians and Israeli security forces on Monday night, according to Wafa.
Hamas spokesman Hazem Qassem responded to the incident on Tuesday, calling it a “new crime committed by the occupation.”
“The continuation of these crimes necessitates the escalation of resistance in all its forms to punish the occupation and make it pay for its crimes, and put an end to the aggressive behavior of its army and settlers,” said Qassem.