Palestinian shot dead in alleged stabbing attempt near Hebron

Published January 14th, 2016 - 08:36 GMT

Israeli forces Thursday shot and killed a Palestinian near the Beit Einun junction northeast of the occupied West Bank city of Hebron after an alleged stab attempt, witnesses and Israel’s army said.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that a Palestinian attempted to stab Israeli soldiers stationed near the junction, who responded by opening fire on the alleged assailant.

Witnesses told Ma'an that Israeli military forces prevented Palestinian Red Crescent medics from accessing the shot Palestinian for medical treatment.

Clashes erupted following the incident between locals and Israeli forces, who deployed in the area and closed the main road.

The Beit Einun junction has been site to at least four Palestinian deaths this month, among over 150 Palestinians to be killed since violence increased in the occupied Palestinian territory in October.

A 15-year-old Palestinian from the nearby village of Sair, Khalil Muhammad al-Shalaldah, was shot dead last week by Israeli forces after he allegedly attempted to carry out a stabbing attack at the junction.

Five days later, Muhammad Ahmad Khalil Kawazba, 23, also from Sair, was shot and killed by Israeli soldiers in the same place for reportedly attempting to stab soldiers at the junction.

Seventeen-year-old Adnan Hamid al-Mashni was shot in the chest during the incident while in his vehicle after Israeli forces said he had brought Kawabza to the site prior to the alleged attack.

No Israelis were injured during any of the incidents.

Locals from Sair told Ma’an earlier this week that the Beit Einun junction -- site to a settler bypass road leads to the illegal settlement of Kiryat Arba -- has been under the “intensive presence” of Israeli military forces.

Increased military presence spread across the Hebron district following the wave of unrest that spiralled in October, with the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reporting higher restrictions in the district than any other area across the occupied Palestinian territory.

Israeli military checkpoints have been set up at the entrances to many Hebron-district villages, and residents have reported harassment, arbitrary detentions, an increase in traffic, and curfews.

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