Israeli police officers shot dead a Palestinian who they allege tried to ram them with his car during a protest against home demolitions in southern Israel.
A policeman who was struck by the vehicle later died of his injuries, according to the Israeli media.
However, residents of the Bedouin village of Umm Al-Hiran, in the Negev Desert, said that the driver was simply heading to the scene to talk with authorities in an attempt to halt the demolitions.
Ayman Odeh, a Palestinian member of the Knesset (Israeli parliament), was injured in the head by police during the confrontation, a parliamentary aide who was with him said.
Israeli police said several officers were injured during the early-morning incident, without providing further details.
“A vehicle driven by a terrorist from the Islamic Movement intended to strike a number of officers and carry out an attack,” Micky Rosenfeld, police spokesperson, said in a statement.
A later Israeli statement confirmed that the alleged attacker was dead.
However, Raed Abu al-Qiyan, an Umm Al-Hiran activist, denied that the driver of the car was seeking to harm police.
Identifying the man as a member of his Bedouin clan by the name of Yacoub Abu al-Qiyan, told Us: “The Israeli narrative is a lie. He was a revered school teacher.
“He was in his car and they shot at him from everywhere.”