Vehicle ramming attack kills two Israelis in West Bank

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Israeli security forces stand next to the destroyed vehicle that was used by a Palestinian assailant in a auto ramming attack targeting a group of Israeli soldiers near Mevo Dotan in the north of the occupied West Bank on March 16, 2018.

Israel Defense Forces (IDF) spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus confirmed that the ramming attack was deliberate and that the driver is now being questioned.

The attacker was arrested and taken to the hospital, the army said.

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After the attack, the driver reportedly fled from the scene before being captured.

The Jerusalem Post report quoted Hazam Kasam, a Hamas spokesperson, as saying "this attack makes it clear that the Intifada is continuing for the Palestinian people".

An IDF spokesman confirmed the attack and said that the vehicle ramming was deliberate.

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The suspected terrorist was identified as 26-year-old Allah Kabhha from the village of Barta'a in the West Bank, Israeli security services stated.

The Israeli military said the soldiers had been securing routes near the settlement of Mevo Dotan.

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. The terrorist was injured and was taken to the hospital. IDF troops are searching the area'.

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Palestinian demonstrators run for cover during clashes with Israeli security forces following a demonstration in the West Bank city of Ramallah on March 16, 2018, as protests continue in the region amid anger over US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as its capital.