(JNS.org) A Palestinian driver was shot dead on Tuesday afternoon after he tried to break through the Eyal checkpoint between Qalqiliya in the West Bank and Kfar Saba in central Israel, Israel Hayom reported.
The incident occurred around 4:30 p.m., after a vehicle with Israeli license plates arrived at the checkpoint from the Samaria region. Inside the vehicle were a number of Palestinians believed to have been illegally seeking work inside Israel. As the vehicle arrived at the checkpoint, the driver attempted to run over soldiers stationed there. An Israeli civilian at the checkpoint was hit by the vehicle and was lightly injured.
An alert Kfir Brigade soldier opened fire, critically wounding the driver, who later died at the Meir Medical Center in nearby Kfar Saba. A passenger in the front seat of the vehicle attempted to flee and was shot in the leg. The other occupants of the vehicle were detained for questioning.
The Kfir Brigade soldier said he opened fire because he felt his life was in danger.