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Fatah deputy chief visits family of would-be stabber

Fatah deputy chief Mahmoud al-Aloul visits the family of Atallah Rayyan, a Palestinian teenager who allegedly tried to stab an Israeli soldier on Tuesday in an attempted terror attack.

The Israel Defense Forces said on Tuesday that Israeli soldiers shot Rayyan in the northern West Bank. He had attempted to stab a 22-year-old soldier several times before her commander shot him dead, according to the IDF.

Rayyan’s family denied the IDF’s account in statements to Palestinian media, accusing the Israeli military of lying about the circumstances of their son’s death.

Al-Aloul’s visit, which was done “in the name of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and the Fatah movement,” sought to pay his condolences to Rayyan’s family, according to the PA’s official news agency WAFA.

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