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Palestinian Woman Shot Dead after Ramming Car into Two Israelis

A Palestinian woman rammed her car into a West Bank checkpoint on Friday, wounding two Israelis before being shot dead, Israel's army said.

An army statement said the attack happened at the entrance to the settlement of Kiryat Arba in the southern West Bank and that "forces on site fired towards the attacker, resulting in her death."

It added that the wounded Israelis, a couple in their 50s, were taken to hospital in Jerusalem.

The Palestinian health ministry identified the assailant as Majd al-Khudur, from Bani Naim, close to Kiryat Arba settlement.

The settlement is near the West Bank city of Hebron, which has long been a flashpoint in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

A few hundred Jewish settlers live under heavy army guard among several hundred thousand Palestinians in the heart of the West Bank's most populous city.

Violence since October has killed at least 210 Palestinians, 32 Israelis, two Americans, an Eritrean and a Sudanese.

Most of the Palestinians were carrying out knife, gun or car-ramming attacks, according to Israeli authorities.

Others were killed in clashes with security forces or by Israeli air strikes in the Gaza Strip.

Source: Agence France Presse


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