Palestinian gunman killed after opening fire on IDF

No soldiers injured in attack at West Bank checkpoint; attacker dies of wounds several hours after incident

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A Palestinian assailant was shot and seriously injured by IDF soldiers on Friday morning, after he opened fire on Israeli troops at a checkpoint in the West Bank, the army said. Hours later, the attacker succumbed to his wounds.

No soldiers were injured in the attack at the Hamra (Beka’ot) checkpoint in the Jordan Valley.

The area was closed to traffic, amid fears that the gunman, who arrived at the scene in a car, had concealed explosives, Israel Radio reported.

Following the attack, Israeli paramedics were dispatched to the scene and treated the gunman. An army spokesperson later confirmed to AFP that the assailant had died of his injuries.

Earlier this week, a Palestinian man stabbed and seriously injured an Israeli Border Police officer outside Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate, police said. An officer on the scene shot the suspected assailant.

The suspect in that attack was identified as an 18-year-old Palestinian man from the West Bank, who was named by Arabic media as Yasser Yassin Tarwa of Hebron. He was seriously injured and sent to Hadassah Hospital. The officer suffered multiple stab wounds to the neck and chest and was taken to Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Hospital after receiving treatment on site.

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