E. J’lem teen shot dead in attempt to stab soldier
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E. J’lem teen shot dead in attempt to stab soldier

Palestinian, 16, wielding two knives, killed by troops after he tried to stab a border police officer at West Bank checkpoint, army says

Illustrative photo of Israeli cars driving through a checkpoint on Route 443 in the West Bank (Gili Yaari/Flash90)
Illustrative photo of Israeli cars driving through a checkpoint on Route 443 in the West Bank (Gili Yaari/Flash90)

IDF soldiers shot and killed a 16-year-old Palestinian resident of East Jerusalem Saturday after the teenager attempted to stab a border police officer with a butcher’s knife at a checkpoint near the West Bank settlement of Ma’ale Adumim, according to security officials.

The teenager was pronounced dead by a medical team that arrived at the scene. The officer was not injured in the stabbing attempt.

The Israeli military said the Palestinian was wielding two knives. He tried to attack troops, who chased him, fired warning shots into the air, and then fired to “neutralize him,” a police spokeswoman was quoted saying.

The incident took place at the A-Zayyim checkpoint. Troops “fired precise shots, neutralizing” the assailant when he failed to heed their warnings, the spokeswoman said.

Earlier Saturday, IDF soldiers detained a Palestinian man who crossed the security fence from the southern Gaza Strip, near the Kerem Shalom border crossing, into Israeli territory. The Palestinian man was transferred to a nearby security facility for further questioning, the Walla news site reported.

Israeli security officials warned Thursday night that the security establishment would not tolerate a “dribble” of rocket attacks against Israel, saying Hamas was responsible for keeping the peace in the Gaza Strip. Following a rocket attack from Gaza Thursday evening, the Erez Crossing was closed on Friday and Gazan worshipers were not allowed into Israel to pray at Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa Mosque. The visits, instituted several months ago for some Gazans, had been seen as a sign of trust-building after last year’s bloody summer war.

Hamas reportedly conveyed a message to Israel that the rocket — the first fired into Israel this year — was fired by an “errant” group and that it was searching for the shooters.

Israeli forces struck a site in the northern Gaza Strip late Thursday night, hours after a rocket fired from the Palestinian enclave at southern Israel broke months of a shaky truce between the sides. The Israel Defense Forces targeted a “terror site” belonging to Hamas near Beit Hanoun. There were no reports of injuries or damage in Gaza.

The launch of the rocket set off alarms across a number of communities bordering the Gaza Strip, sending many residents scurrying for shelter. There were reports in the Hebrew media that one or two additional rockets may have been launched and landed inside the Palestinian enclave. Officials did not confirm this.

No one was hurt in the rocket attack, and there were no reports of damage.

AP contributed to this report.

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