Palestinian with knife approaches soldiers in West Bank settlement, is shot dead
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Palestinian with knife approaches soldiers in West Bank settlement, is shot dead

No Israelis injured in Kiryat Arba, next to Hebron, in incident that comes a day after an attempted attack in Tekoa

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

A Palestinian man armed with a knife was shot dead as he approached a group of Israeli soldiers in the West Bank settlement of Kiryat Arba on Monday evening, the army said.

“An initial investigation revealed that the terrorist took out a knife and walked toward a group of soldiers at the Givat Avot checkpoint in Hebron. The soldiers opened fire at him,” the military said in a statement.

No soldiers were injured.

Palestinian police identified the man killed as Wael al-Jabari, 27.

Video from the scene showed the alleged assailant wrapped in a black plastic body bag after he was shot dead.

The Givat Avot neighborhood and checkpoint lie between the Kiryat Arba settlement and the city of Hebron.

The incident took place a day after an unarmed Palestinian man entered the settlement of Tekoa, south of Jerusalem, and tried to attack a resident with a small garden ornament shaped like a bicycle.

He was quickly apprehended and wrestled to the ground by locals before being arrested by responding security forces. There were no injuries.

AFP contributed to this report.

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