West Bank stabbing attempt thwarted by soldiers — IDF
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West Bank stabbing attempt thwarted by soldiers — IDF

Attacker shot, killed by troops in Hawara, outside Nablus, as he tried to knife soldiers, army says

Illustrative: Israeli Border Police officers during clashes with Palestinian protesters at the Hawara checkpoint on October 11, 2015. (Flash90)
Illustrative: Israeli Border Police officers during clashes with Palestinian protesters at the Hawara checkpoint on October 11, 2015. (Flash90)

Israeli troops shot a Palestinian man in the West Bank as he approached them with a knife in an apparent stabbing attempt, the Israeli military said Wednesday.

The incident occurred during a routine security assignment in the Palestinian village of Hawara in the northern West Bank outside of Nablus.

“Forces noticed a suspicious Palestinian during a road protection mission in Hawara and approached him in order to investigate,” the IDF said.

As they walked towards him, the suspect took out a knife and ran at the soldiers, the army said.

“The forces responded to the immediate threat, shooting the perpetrator, resulting in his death,” the army said in a statement.

No Israelis were injured in the incident.

Hawara sits along Route 60, the West Bank’s main north south artery used by both Israeli settlers and Palestinians. Troops are often posted in Palestinian cities along main roads to secure them from rock throwing attacks.

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