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West Bank Car Attack Wounds 3 Israelis, Assailant Killed

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Israeli soldiers and border police officers stand near the body of a Palestinian, center, who rammed his vehicle into a group of Israelis standing at a hitchhiking station, in the West Bank, near the Palestinian town of Nablus, Nov. 8, 2015.

Israeli soldiers and border police officers stand near the body of a Palestinian, center, who rammed his vehicle into a group of Israelis standing at a hitchhiking station, in the West Bank, near the Palestinian town of Nablus, Nov. 8, 2015.

Israeli authorities say a Palestinian rammed his car into a group of Israelis in the West Bank Sunday, injuring at least three people before Israeli police opened fire and killed the assailant.

Officials say at least two of the Israeli victims are in the hospital.

The incident is the latest in a wave of violence to hit Israel and the Palestinian territories since the start of October.

Rumors that Israel plans to take over an East Jerusalem holy site revered by Muslims and Jews has been at the center of the violence that has left 11 Israelis and at least 73 Palestinians dead. Israeli authorities say most of the Palestinians were killed while attacking or attempting to stab or shoot Israeli civilians, police or soldiers.

Israel has consistently denied the rumors concerning the holy site and accuses Palestinian leaders of inciting young people to violence.

Palestinian officials are pushing the International Criminal Court to investigate allegations of what they call "Israeli war crimes" and an excessive use of force against civilians - a charge Israel denies.

Many Palestinians are fed up with little economic opportunity, the dim outlook for peace, and Jewish settlement activity in lands they want for a future state.

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