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Israeli forces open fire at Palestinian deputy minister’s car

Image of the damaged windshield on the car of the Palestinian Deputy Health Minister. The Palestinian Authority claim the damage was done when Israeli soldiers deliberately opened fire at Al-Ramlawi’s car near the village of Al-Ram, West Bank on January 4, 2017 [Ma'an News]
Image of the damaged windshield on the car of the Palestinian Deputy Health Minister. The Palestinian Authority claim the damage was done when Israeli soldiers deliberately opened fire at Al-Ramlawi’s car near the village of Al-Ram, West Bank on January 4, 2017 [Ma'an News]

Israeli forces opened fire at the car of Palestinian Deputy Minister of Health Asaad Al-Ramlawi yesterday evening in the occupied West Bank district of Jerusalem.

The Ministry of Health said in a statement that Israeli soldiers deliberately opened fire at Al-Ramlawi’s car as he was driving near the village of Al-Ram, adding that the front windshield of his vehicle was damaged, but that the deputy minister was not injured.

Palestinian Minister of Health Jawad Awwad condemned the attack, adding that it was part of an “escalation” of Israeli policies and “savage” procedures against Palestinians.

Meanwhile, the Israeli army said in statement that Al-Ramlawi had been driving in an area where clashes were taking place between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian youth, and that he was not intentionally targeted, as Israeli soldiers were aiming towards alleged stone throwers.

An Israeli army spokesperson was not immediately available for comment for further inquiry.

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