Palestinian shot, killed after allegedly stabbing Israeli soldier at Gush Etzion

Published January 5th, 2016 - 11:30 GMT

A Palestinian man was shot dead after he reportedly stabbed an Israeli soldier south of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank, Israel's army said.

An Israeli army spokeswoman told Ma'an that an assailant stabbed and lightly wounded a soldier stationed at the Gush Etzion junction.

"Israeli forces responded to the attack and shot the assailant, resulting in his death," she said, adding that the soldier had been evacuated for medical treatment.

The body of the Palestinian, who has not yet been identified, was reportedly delivered to the Palestinian liaison office in Bethlehem.

The Gush Etzion junction -- the entrance point to the illegal Gush Etzion settlement bloc -- has seen several deadly encounters since a wave of unrest swept the occupied Palestinian territory in October.

More than 10 reported attacks have taken place at the junction, with at least six Palestinians and three Israelis killed over the period.

At least 140 Palestinians have been killed by Israelis since the beginning of October across the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel.

While Israel alleges many of those were attempting to attack Israelis when they were shot, Palestinians and rights groups have disputed Israel's version of events in a number of cases.

The attacks that have taken place -- claiming the lives of more than 20 Israelis -- have been accompanied by a wave of popular unrest that has swept the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel.

Rights groups have repeatedly condemned Israeli forces for the unnecessary use of lethal force against Palestinians who did not pose an imminent threat at the time of their death.


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