Palestinian motorist kills two Israeli soldiers near Jenin

Palestinian motorist kills two Israeli soldiers near Jenin

A Palestinian killed two Israeli soldiers and badly wounded two others when he rammed his vehicle into them in the West Bank on Friday, the military said.

Last week, Israeli forces killed a mentally disabled Palestinian man during clashes in the Bab al-Zawiya area of Hebron city in the occupied West Bank.

The motorist was detained shortly after and was being treated for light injuries, it said without detailing how the injuries were caused.

Israel's security service identified the suspect as Alaa Kaha from a village near Jenin.

It said that Kabha had previously been jailed for security offences and had been released in April 2017.

Israeli army spokesman Jonathan Conricus confirmed that a number of people had been hit but told AFP the authorities were still investigating whether the incident was an attack or an accident.

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Palestinians maintain that East Jerusalem must become the capital of a future Palestinian state in any future peace agreement with Israel, while Israel considers the whole of Jerusalem to be part of its territory.

Some of the injured soldiers were taken by helicopter to Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva, and were wheeled into ambulances on stretchers.

Tensions were high on Friday after Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas called for a day of rage to commemorate 100 days since US President Donald Trump's controversial recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

The attack "proves our people's readiness to continue the Jerusalem intifada", Hamas said.

Rights groups have in the past denounced measures taken against families of Palestinian attackers as "collective punishment".

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