Palestinian shot, killed after alleged stabbing attempt near Ramallah

Published February 27th, 2016 - 06:00 GMT
Members of the Palestinian Red Crescent carry the body of a Palestinian man who tried to stab an Israeli soldier before being shot dead, at the Bitot Junction south of Nablus in the northern occupied West Bank,on February 21, 2016. (AFP/Jaafar Ishtiyeh)
Members of the Palestinian Red Crescent carry the body of a Palestinian man who tried to stab an Israeli soldier before being shot dead, at the Bitot Junction south of Nablus in the northern occupied West Bank,on February 21, 2016. (AFP/Jaafar Ishtiyeh)

A Palestinian was shot dead Friday after reportedly attempting to stab Israeli soldiers stationed near the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah, the Israeli army said.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an: “A Palestinian assailant armed with a knife attempted to stab soldiers stationed at a security crossing.”

Forces on site then “thwarted the attack,” opening fire and killing the Palestinian, the spokesperson said.

The death was confirmed by the Palestinian Ministry of Health, which did not immediately confirm the man's identity.

No Israelis were injured in the incident.

Unrest in the occupied Palestinian territory has been ongoing since October, marked by a wave of small-scale attacks carried out by Palestinians, the majority directed at Israeli military targets.

An Israeli security guard was critically wounded in a stabbing allegedly carried out by a Palestinian overnight Thursday in Maale Adumim, a large illegal settlement located southeast of Ramallah.

Israeli military forces regularly stationed near the illegal Beit El settlement nearby where Friday’s reported attack took place has been site to a number of violent confrontations.

The Israeli military sealed Ramallah last month after a member of the Palestinian Authority’s security forces shot and injured three Israeli soldiers at a Beit El military checkpoint before being shot dead.

The West Bank hub was sealed for two straight days, blocking entry and exit to thousands of Palestinians in what locals said was collective punishment.


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