Sixteen year-old Palestinian killed after alleged stabbing attempt

Published March 9th, 2016 - 11:00 GMT
Israeli emergency personnel and security forces gather at the scene of an attack outside Jerusalem's Old City's New Gate on March 9, 2016. (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)
Israeli emergency personnel and security forces gather at the scene of an attack outside Jerusalem's Old City's New Gate on March 9, 2016. (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)

Israeli forces shot dead a 16-year-old Palestinian boy after he allegedly attempted to carry out a stabbing attack at a military checkpoint outside the blockaded village of al-Zawiya in Salfit district on Wednesday morning.

Israeli soldiers also shot and wounded a second Palestinian during the deadly encounter, although the circumstances were not initially clear.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma'an that an "assailant armed with a knife" had approached the checkpoint on the outskirts of al-Zawiya intending to stab soldiers there.

She said that Israeli forces "thwarted" the attack, shooting the Palestinian dead. She had no information about a second Palestinian being shot during the incident.

However, local official Naim Shqeir told Ma'an that two Palestinians were shot during the incident and "left bleeding" when Palestinian Red Crescent ambulances were prevented from accessing them.

Locals identified the killed boy as 16-year-old Ahmad Yousef Amer.

Shqeir said that Israeli soldiers also assaulted a vendor selling vegetables in a pickup truck who was travelling in the area.

No Israelis were injured during the incident.

The village of al-Zawiya in the northern West Bank was placed under military blockade late on Tuesday after it is believed one of its residents carried out a stabbing attack near Petah Tikva, around seven miles east of Tel Aviv.

The 17-year-old, identified as Abd Al-Rahman Radad, was shot dead after wounding an Israeli man. However, the exact circumstances of the incident remained unclear, with early reports suggesting it may have been a brawl between the Israeli and Palestinian, as opposed to an attack.

Radad was one of four Palestinians shot dead on Tuesday after a series of attacks left an American tourist dead and at least 12 Israelis wounded.

The violence carried into Wednesday, with another two Palestinians shot dead outside Jerusalem's Old City in the morning after they allegedly carried out a shooting that left a Palestinian with Israeli citizenship in critical condition.


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