Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian motorist who tried to ram them at a checkpoint in the occupied West Bank, according to Israeli soldiers. His wife, who was in the car with him, disputes this account.
The man, 42-year-old Osama Mansour, was killed on Tuesday, according to the Palestinian health ministry, and his wife was wounded by bullet fragments. No troops were injured in the early morning incident, according to the military statement.
“They told us to stop the car and we stopped and turned it off,” the man’s wife, Sumaya Mansour, 35, told Palestine TV.
“Then they looked at us and told us to go, we turned the car on and moved and all of them started shooting at us.”
The Palestinians may take the incident to the International Criminal Court, whose prosecutor announced last month that it would formally investigate alleged war crimes in the Palestinian territories, according to Salem Eid, the mayor of Biddu village, where the man lived.
The Israeli military said in a statement that the vehicle sped toward a group of soldiers “in a way that endangered their lives,” and that they fired gunfire “to thwart the attack.”