Palestinian shot dead after alleged stabbing attempt on Israeli soldier
Israeli soldiers man a checkpoint at one of the entrances of the West Bank city of Hebron, on November 23, 2015. (AFP/Hazem Bader)
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Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian man on Monday afternoon after he allegedly attempted to stab an Israeli soldier at the Huwwara checkpoint south of Nablus, Israel's army said.
An Israeli army spokesperson said that as the Palestinian approached the checkpoint, he "drew a knife and attempted to attack a soldier."
She said that the soldier "responded to the immediate danger" and opened fire on the Palestinian, "resulting in his death."
No Israelis were reported injured during the incident.
Huwwara checkpoint lies just south of Nablus on a major thoroughfare for both Palestinians as well as Israelis living in illegal settlements in the northern occupied West Bank.
On Sunday, an Israeli settler ran over a 16-year-old girl at Huwwara checkpoint before getting out of his car and shooting her dead, saying that he believed she was about to carry out a stabbing attack at the checkpoint.
The settler was later identified by Israeli media as Gershon Mesika, the former head of the Samaria Regional Council, which represents Israel's illegal settlements in the northern West Bank.
Later on Sunday, Israeli forces imposed a curfew on Huwwara village after a Palestinian threw a Molotov cocktail at a settler's vehicle passing through the village, Israel's army said.
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