Attempted stabbing at Bethlehem checkpoint, suspect missing
Israeli soldiers carry a Palestinian stone thrower, after he was detained by undercover policemen during clashes in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on November 6, 2015. (AFP/Musa al-Shaer)
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A Palestinian man allegedly attempted to stab an Israeli soldier at a military checkpoint near Rachel’s Tomb in the occupied West Bank town of Bethlehem, the Israeli army and media said Thursday.
An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an initial reports were received of the attempted stabbing, and said no injuries had been reported.
The attacker reportedly fled the scene and Israeli forces deployed in search of the suspect.
The forces flooded the Azza refugee camp nearby the military checkpoint and areas of Beit Jala following the incident, witnesses told Ma’an.
Residents of the Aida refugee camp, bordered by the wall, as well as the Azza camp regularly clash with Israeli forces stationed at the checkpoint and Rachel’s Tomb.
In October, two Palestinians were shot dead by Israeli forces during demonstrations close by the checkpoint, including a 13-year-old boy.
A video captured by a resident of Azza last month went viral, showing footage of an Israeli military vehicle threatening from its loudspeakers that the forces would gas the camp residents until they die if they continued to throw stones.
Thursday’s attempted stabbing is the latest in ongoing violence in the occupied Palestinian territory.
Early Thursday morning, undercover Israeli forces shot dead Abdullah Azzam Shalaldah, 28, in a Hebron hospital.
The Palestinian was visiting his cousin at the time, who the undercover forces detained during the raid on the grounds that he stabbed an Israeli settler last month.
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