A Palestinian man was shot dead and his wife injured as soldiers opened fire during what the army said was an attempted car-ramming attack in the West Bank overnight Monday.
“IDF soldiers thwarted a car-ramming incident overnight during an operation in Bir Nabala,” the IDF said in a statement, referring to a town northeast of Jerusalem.
The army said that soldiers were manning a roadblock that was set up in order to enable other forces in the area to operate without interruption from passing traffic.
Soldiers at the checkpoint identified a car that stopped at the checkpoint and “suddenly accelerated toward another group of soldiers operating in the area,” endangered the lives of the troops, the army said.
There were no injuries to Israeli forces.
The Palestinian Authority Health Ministry said a Palestinian man was killed and his wife moderately injured in the incident. It said the man was brought in critical condition to the hospital but died of his wounds.
The Kan public broadcaster, citing Palestinian media reports, identified the man as Osama Mahmoud Mansour, 42, a resident of the village of Biddu.
Palestinian media reported that there was a major IDF operation in several villages in the area, northwest of Jerusalem.
The incident came amid an uptick in violence in the West Bank in recent weeks, with an increasing number of rock-throwing attacks and firebombings along highways as well as a number of attacks on Palestinians.
Last week IDF soldiers arrested a Palestinian man who allegedly tried to ram a group of soldiers near the West Bank settlement of Ma’ale Adumim. The vehicle instead hit several other Israeli vehicles and the suspect was arrested. There were no injuries reported in the incident, at the parking lot of the Ein Mabu’a nature reserve. The military said the incident appeared to be a terror attack, but did not seem to rule out the possibility it had been an accident.
Earlier in March, a Palestinian man tried to stab an Israeli soldier during an overnight operation in the West Bank village of Tubas and was shot by another soldier.