Palestinian dies a week after he was shot while allegedly attempting attack

PA health ministry says Omar Awni Younes, critically injured in West Bank incident, succumbed to wounds in Israeli hospital

Tapuah Junction in the West Bank on January 7, 2019. (Israel Police)
Tapuah Junction in the West Bank on January 7, 2019. (Israel Police)

A Palestinian man has died of his wounds, a week after Israeli authorities said he attempted to stab a Border Police officer at a West Bank junction, the Palestinian Authority health ministry said in a statement on Sunday.

It named him as Omar Awni Younes, 20, and said he died in an Israeli hospital near Tel Aviv — specified in other Palestinian sources on social media as Beilinson hospital —  on Saturday evening.

Border Police shot and neutralized the alleged knifeman after he charged at an officer at Tapuah Junction in the West Bank, south of Nablus, police said at the time.

According to reports, Younes had aroused the suspicions of officers stationed at the junction. When several of them approached him, he fled.

One officer blocked the man’s way with a car, whereupon he pulled out a knife and attempted to open the vehicle’s door, police said.

The officer then shot the suspect.

A knife used in a stabbing attempt at Tapuah Junction in the West Bank on April 20, 2019. (Channel 12 screenshot)

No Israelis were hurt in the incident. The alleged attacker had been critically wounded and taken to Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva.

The Palestinian Authority ministry confirmed earlier reports that Younes was from the northern West Bank village of Sanniriya.

During the attack, the West Bank and Gaza were under a nine-day closure for the entirety of Passover, as is standard practice during Jewish festivals and holidays.

During the holiday Palestinians were not permitted into Israel for fear of increased potential for attacks, though exceptions are made for humanitarian and other outstanding cases.

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