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November 21st, 2014
08:08 AM ET

Police: Palestinian Admits Intentionally Driving Into Israeli Soldiers

A Palestinian man has admitted to deliberately ramming a vehicle into three Israeli soldiers in the West Bank two weeks ago - one of several recent cases of violence in the Palestinian territory or Jerusalem - Israeli police said Thursday.

Jamal Hamam Mesalmeh, 23, turned himself in to Israeli authorities shortly after the November 5 incident near the village of al-Aroub and claimed it was an accident, police said. The soldiers suffered moderate injuries, officials said at the time.

Israeli police said Mesalmeh is an activist associated with the Islamist Hamas movement. Police said he claimed he was inspired in part by an attack in eastern Jerusalem earlier November 5 - one in which Israeli authorities said a Palestinian drove into pedestrians at a rail station, killing two Israelis and at least 12 other peoplebefore police shot and killed the driver.

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