A Palestinian man attempted to stab a group of people standing at a bus stop at Gush Etzion Junction in the West Bank on Thursday and was shot dead by an IDF soldier.
“IDF forces thwarted an attack at a crowded bus stop in the Gush Etzion Junction,” an Israel Defense Forces statement said.
“A Palestinian, armed with a knife, attempted to stab the soldiers. Forces at the scene responded to the immediate threat and shot the assailant.”
According to Palestinian media reports, the attacker was identified as Malek Talal Sharif, 25, from Hebron.
There were no injuries on the Israeli side.
The attempted stabbing on Thursday was the latest in a spate of near-daily attacks against Israeli civilians and security forces across the West Bank and in Israel. Since last month, 10 Israelis have been killed in over 65 separate stabbings, attempted stabbings or car-ramming attacks. Many of the Palestinian assailants were killed or wounded during the attacks.
On Wednesday, an Israeli Border Police officer suffered multiple injuries and is still in critical condition after being run over by a Palestinian man in a car-ramming attack north of Hebron.
The driver of the vehicle was shot dead by security forces at the scene of the attack, which occurred near Halhul Junction on Route 60.