Israeli soldiers on Thursday fatally shot a Palestinian man who drove a construction vehicle into an army base near Ramallah in the West Bank, barging through a gate and repeatedly trying to run over a soldier, the Israeli military said in a statement. The official Palestinian news agency Wafa identified the man as Yunis Radeideh, 30. In two attacks in July 2008, Palestinians driving construction vehicles in central Jerusalem were shot and killed after plowing into traffic and pedestrians, killing three Israelis. In March 2009, the Palestinian driver of an earthmover flipped over an Israeli police car, wounding two police officers before he was shot dead. According to initial reports, the driver in that episode, Marei al-Radeideh, was a brother of the driver killed at the army base on Thursday.
This article originally appeared in The New York Times. First Published October 18, 2013 2:00 PM