Palestinian killed by Israeli forces after alleged car ramming

Israeli forces and forensic experts inspect the site of a Palestinian drive-by shooting in the West Bank. (AFP)
Updated 13 December 2018
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Palestinian killed by Israeli forces after alleged car ramming

  • The Palestinian health ministry said the man was shot in the Al-Bireh neighborhood of Ramallah

RAMALLAH, PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES: A Palestinian was shot dead by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank Thursday, the health ministry said, in what the Israeli army called an attempted car ramming.
The Palestinian health ministry said the man, who was not named, was shot in the Al-Bireh neighborhood of Ramallah.
The army said in a statement he “attempted to run over” soldiers, lightly injuring one.
“Security forces who were present at the scene fired toward the terrorist and neutralized him,” it added.
Israeli soldiers were seen rushing to the site, with multiple rounds of live ammunition fired at the target.
The car windows were smashed, a photographer at the scene later said.
The army entered Ramallah several hours earlier searching for the perpetrator of a deadly attack.
Two soldiers were killed and at least two other people — including another soldier — were wounded when an attacker opened fire on them at a bus stop in the occupied West Bank, the army said.
The attacker was believed to have fled to Ramallah.


Civilians prompt delay in assault on last Daesh enclave: Kurd-led forces

Updated 16 February 2019
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Civilians prompt delay in assault on last Daesh enclave: Kurd-led forces

  • The last few hundred Daesh militants, many of them foreigners, had surrendered in the past two days to the Syrian Democratic Forces

OMAR OIL FIELD, Syria: “Large numbers” of civilians remain inside the last Daesh group enclave in Syria prompting a fresh delay in a final advance, Kurdish-led forces said on Saturday.

“There are still civilians inside in large numbers,” US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces spokesman Adnan Afrin said on the day President Donald Trump said he expected to announce the end of the militants’ “caliphate.”

“We weren’t expecting this number, otherwise we wouldn’t have resumed the campaign four days ago. This is why it’s been delayed,” Afrin said.

A second SDF spokesman said that the diehard militants remained in control of the tiny enclave around the village of Baghouz on the north bank of the Euphrates river.

“The pocket inside Baghouz is still controlled by the Daesh group,” spokesman Mustefa Bali said.

“There are still civilians inside Baghouz and we are working on getting them out.”

Neither spokesman would comment on the timeline set by Trump for a US announcement that the “caliphate” had been eradicated.

“We have a lot of great announcements having to do with Syria and our success with the eradication of the caliphate and that will be announced over the next 24 hours,” Trump told reporters at around 1600 GMT on Thursday.