Palestinian who ran at troops shot dead near West Bank settlement

Soldiers fire on alleged terrorist who refused to stop after running at guard post near Silwad; no soldiers injured in incident

Illustrative: Soldiers patrolling near Nablus. (IDF Spokesperson's Unit/Flash90)
Illustrative: Soldiers patrolling near Nablus. (IDF Spokesperson's Unit/Flash90)

A Palestinian man was shot dead by IDF troops Friday morning when he ran toward a guard post near the West Bank settlement of Ofra, north of Ramallah.

Initial reports said that the man opened fire on the post and Israeli troops returned fire, but the IDF later said it appeared that the suspect was not armed when he approached the guard post near the adjacent Palestinian village of Silwad. He did not heed the soldiers’ repeated orders to halt and was shot, Army Radio reported.

Channel 2 reported on Friday evening that the Palestinian was being described by security forces as a terrorist. It noted that Israel ordered a security alert earlier in the week amid reports that a Palestinian suspect had disappeared from his home having said he intended to carry out a terror attack, and that the security alert was cancelled on Friday morning.

A senior Palestinian official later named the man as Iyad Hamad, 38, and said he suffered from mental illness and was unarmed, Channel 2 said.

According to the IDF, troops stationed outside Silwad identified a suspect running toward them and opened fire, killing him. The details of the case are being investigated, an army spokesperson said.

Palestinian media reported that the man, identified as 38-year-old Ziad Zakaria Hamed, died after suffering a critical gunshot wound.

No Israeli soldiers were injured.

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