Stabbing thwarted as attacker shot dead
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Stabbing thwarted as attacker shot dead

Assailant tries to stab IDF soldier near Hebron; in separate incident, Palestinian reportedly shot dead in clash near Bethlehem

Stuart Winer is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

File: Israeli security forces and emergency personnel gather at the site of a reported car-ramming attack on Israeli Border Policemen at the Beit Anun junction, north of the West Bank city of Hebron, on November 1, 2015. (AFP/Hazem Bader)
File: Israeli security forces and emergency personnel gather at the site of a reported car-ramming attack on Israeli Border Policemen at the Beit Anun junction, north of the West Bank city of Hebron, on November 1, 2015. (AFP/Hazem Bader)

A Palestinian man tried to stab a soldier near the Beit Anun junction in the Hebron area on Tuesday.

The man rushed an IDF patrol brandishing a knife. The soldiers opened fire, killing the attacker. The soldiers were not hurt, the IDF said.

In a separate incident, Palestinian media reports that a 21-year-old Palestinian was shot dead by IDF forces during clashes in the town of Beit Jala, which lies between Jerusalem and Bethlehem.

The man was hit by a bullet in the upper chest, fatally wounding him, Palestinian sources said.

Last week, a Palestinian was shot dead at the Beit Anun Junction when he approached a group of soldiers and attempted to stab one of them, the IDF said at the time.

On November 1, three border policemen were injured in a suspected Palestinian car ramming attack at the same junction. The suspect later turned himself in, saying the incident was an accident.

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