Israeli soldiers shot and killed, on Wednesday, a young Palestinian man, near Halhoul town, north of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, allegedly after he rammed two soldiers with his car, seriously wounding one.The army claims the Palestinian driver, Ibrahim Samir Ibrahim Skafi, 23 years of age, deliberately targeted the soldiers, before they soldiers shot him dead.
Eyewitnesses said the soldiers shot Skafi, from Hebron city, with at least four live rounds, although he was already injured behind the driver’s seat.
Several Israeli ambulances rushed to the scene to provide medical aid to the wounded soldiers, while the army prevented a Red Crescent Palestinian ambulance from approaching the scene.
Following the incident, soldiers closed the area, and sealed the Gush Etzion junction to all Palestinian traffic.
Clashes later took place between the soldiers and scores of local youths.
In related news, several Palestinians suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation, during clashes with Israeli soldiers near the ‘Aida refugee camp, north of Bethlehem.
The soldiers also invaded Teqoua’ town, east of Bethlehem, and clashed with local youths.