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Two Palestinians shot and killed during separate car-ramming attacks on soldiers

Jerusalem24 – 54-year-old Habbas Abdel Hafeez Rayan from the town of Beit Duqqo, northwest of occupied Jerusalem, was shot dead by Israeli forces on Wednesday morning after allegedly trying to run over a soldier at the Beit Our checkpoint west of Ramallah.

One Israeli soldier was seriously injured in the attack, according to Israeli media.

Rayan’s cousin, 42-year-old Dawood Rayan was shot and killed by the Israeli military during an army raid on the Palestinian town of Beit Duqqo less than 24 hours later. Rayan was shot with live ammunition during confrontations that erupted with local youth shortly before dawn this morning.

In a similar car-ramming incident, a Palestinian man was killed on 30 October after being shot multiple times by an Israeli soldier and an armed settler at the Almog Junction in the occupied West Bank.

Five Israeli soldiers sustained light to moderate injuries after 49-year-old Barakat Musa Odeh ran them over at two different locations in the occupied Jordan Valley: near Nabi Musa and Almong Junction, Israeli media reported.

A video published on the day of the attack shows a soldier on the ground next to military bags on the side of the road, and another two soldiers firing at a vehicle taking a U-turn before fleeing right in front of them. The attacker continued driving and rammed his car into a bus stop at Almog Junction, where soldiers and settlers can be seen running away after the car crashed.

The Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem said that Odeh was brought to the hospital in serious condition and pronounced him dead several hours later.

Nadeen Alshaer

Alshaer is a Palestinian journalist, a Birzeit University graduate with a B.A. in TV and Radio Broadcasting Journalism. Alshaer has 5+ years of experience in journalism. She currently works as a reporter, editor and presenter/producer for PBC-Palestine TV and Jerusalem24 radio. She’s a UN and Kelley School of Business alumna.

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