The Palestinian truck driver turned himself in, saying he hit the Israeli by accident while trying to swerve out of the way, according to a Palestinian security official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media.
Israeli forces wounded dozens of other Palestinians on Tuesday with live fire, rubber-coated steel bullets and tear gas inhalation at protests throughout the West Bank — including in the cities of Bethlehem and Al-Bireh, as well as the village of Nilin.
Ban's visit on Tuesday comes amid a recent surge in violence that broke out in early October after Israel imposed restrictions on worshipers at Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem. After the restrictions were implemented, four Israelis were killed in two attacks blamed on Palestinians. Israeli settlers in the West Bank responded by rioting, assaulting Palestinians at random and destroying their property. A spate of protests, clashes and retaliatory stabbings have ensued.
Since the beginning of October, at least 45 Palestinians and nine Israelis have been killed. More than 1,500 Palestinians have also been injured in clashes with Israeli forces, forcing the Red Crescent to declare an emergency.
An Eritrean migrant was also killed after being shot and beaten by an Israeli mob that mistook him for a Palestinian. The Eritrean ambassador to Israel, Tesfamariam Tekeste, told Al Jazeera on Tuesday that he asked the Israeli foreign ministry for a full investigation into the incident in the city of Beersheba after he was notified of it by the Eritrean community.
Palestinian protesters are calling for unrestricted access to worship at Al-Aqsa, a site also revered by Jews as the location of two ancient temples. The protesters also demand an end to Israel’s decades-long military occupation of the Palestinian territories and the cessation of settlement building, both of which are illegal under international law.
In an attempt to ease tensions and avoid prolonged unrest, Ban will meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Ban issued a video message late Monday calling for calm on both sides.
He said he understood the Palestinians' frustrations, but that violence would only harm their aspirations for an independent state.
“I know your hopes for peace have been dashed countless times. You are angry at the continued occupation and expansion of settlements,” he said. “I am not asking you to be passive, but you must put down the weapons of despair.”
Addressing Israelis, Ban said he understood their fears due to the security deterioration, but added there was no military solution to the conflict.