Palestinian gunman killed after wounding 3 Israeli soldiers

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Posted: Oct 31, 2016 12:40 PM

JERUSALEM (AP) — A Palestinian gunman opened fire on a West Bank checkpoint on Monday, wounding three Israeli soldiers before forces shot and killed him, the Israeli military said.

Israel's emergency rescue service MDA said one soldier was seriously wounded and two others were lightly injured in the attack, which took place near the West Bank city of Ramallah.

The shooting was the latest in more than a year of Israeli-Palestinian violence. Palestinian assailants, using knives, vehicles and guns, have killed 36 Israelis and two visiting Americans in near-daily attacks. More than 223 Palestinians have been killed since September 2015, most of them said by Israel to have been attackers. The rest were killed in clashes with Israeli troops.

Israel says the violence is driven by a Palestinian campaign of lies and incitement. The Palestinians say it is rooted in frustrations stemming from nearly 50 years of Israeli occupation and dwindling hopes for an independent state.