Attempted West Bank car ramming, Palestinian attacker shot: Police

A Palestinian driver tried unsuccessfully to run down Israelis security forces at a West Bank checkpoint Friday.

Tel Aviv: A Palestinian driver tried unsuccessfully to run down Israelis security forces at a West Bank checkpoint Friday before he was shot and wounded, police said.

"A Palestinian terrorist... drove at speed toward police and soldiers in an attempt to ram them", before his vehicle hit a concrete pillar and he got out and ran toward them, police statements said.

"A guard fired at his lower body and wounded him," one of the statements added, saying he was treated at the scene and placed under arrest.

The incident occurred at the Qalandiya checkpoint, near Ramallah and close to Qalandiya refugee camp, where soldiers on Wednesday shot dead two Palestinians who tried to ram their cars into troops in separate attacks.

An AFP journalist at the scene of Friday`s incident said the wounded Palestinian could be seen sitting on a stretcher as security forces fired tear gas and stun grenades to disperse onlookers and journalists.

Violence since the start of October has killed 120 on the Palestinian side, 17 Israelis, an American and an Eritrean.

Many of the Palestinians killed have been attackers, while others have been shot dead by Israeli security forces during clashes.

Palestinians have grown frustrated with Israel`s occupation, the complete lack of progress in peace efforts and their own fractured leadership, while international efforts to restore calm have so far failed.

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