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    Palestinian Rams Car Into Israelis in West Bank, Kills 1 Person

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    A Palestinian rammed his car into a group of Israelis Thursday at a bus stop near the Ofra settlement in the West Bank, killing one Israeli and injuring another, a spokesperson for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Palestinian media named the assailant as Malik Hamad, 22, from the West Bank town of Silwad. The Palestinian Hamas movement called the attack "historic" and praised the attacker.

    "Earlier today, a terrorist rammed their car into Ofra Junction, killing 1 Israeli & injuring 1 other. IDF soldiers apprehend the attacker," the spokesperson wrote on Twitter.

    The latest escalation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has seen a large number of car ramming attacks against Israelis.

    Relations between Israel and Palestine have been shattered for decades. Palestinians seek diplomatic recognition for their independent state on the territories of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, which is partially occupied by Israel, and the Gaza Strip. The Israeli government refuses to recognize Palestine as an independent political and diplomatic entity, and builds settlements on the occupied areas, despite objections from the United Nations.

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