Israeli forces kill Palestinian in West Bank, Palestinian officials say

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JERUSALEM, Oct 22 (Reuters) – Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian in the occupied West Bank on Saturday, Palestinian health officials said, and a Palestinian stabbed an Israeli in Jerusalem, police said.

The Israeli army said its troops were trying to stop a vehicle after its passengers entered Israel illegally. He said the vehicle fled and hit a soldier, after which “soldiers fired at the vehicle”.

One of the passengers died in hospital, Palestinian hospital officials said. The man’s father told Qudsnet Palestinian News that his son was on his way to work when he was shot. It was unclear whether he had an entry permit to Israel.

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In another incident in the West Bank, Israeli defense officials said a Palestinian driver rammed his car into a guarded cabin, in what he described as a suspected attack.

In Jerusalem, Israeli police said they shot and “neutralized” a Palestinian who had stabbed and seriously injured an Israeli. Video circulating on social media showed the alleged attacker lying injured in a playground where children were playing football, as an armed policeman stood over him.

Violence in the West Bank has escalated in recent months, sometimes spilling over into Jerusalem, after Israeli forces began a crackdown in late March in response to a spate of attacks by Palestinians in Israel.

US-brokered peace talks, aimed at ending the decades-old conflict and establishing a Palestinian state in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza, collapsed in 2014 and show no sign of recovery .

Israel holds elections on November 1 with Prime Minister Yair Lapid, who in September backed a two-state deal with the Palestinians, competing with hawkish former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has back and forth on the issue .

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Reporting by Maayan Lubell and Nidal al-Mughrabi in Gaza; edited by Jason Neely

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