A security camera caught the dramatic moments Saturday morning when a teenaged Palestinian posing as a candy seller attempted to stab an Israeli security guard at a checkpoint near the northern West Bank city of Jenin.
The video footage uploaded online shows the 16-year-old assailant brandishing a knife as he runs through the lines of cars towards the security forces, before he is shot and killed by security forces on duty at the crossing.
The Defense Ministry said the teen, identified as Muhammad Zakarna from the nearby village of Kabatiyeh, was posing as a vendor of Krembo, a popular chocolate-and-marshmallow Israeli snack, at the crossing before tossing the box aside and charging towards soldiers and security guards.
No one on the Israeli side was hurt in the attack.
The teen’s parents have been asked to identify his body, Maariv reported.
The incident came after a reported attempted stabbing attack in Jerusalem’s Old City earlier Saturday.
On Friday, two Israeli parents and their three young children were wounded in a firebombing attack on their car near the settlement of Beit El, in the West Bank north of Jerusalem.
A series of Palestinian attacks on Israelis, and Israeli-Palestinian clashes, have erupted in recent weeks over Palestinian claims that Israel was planning to change the status quo, despite vehement denials from the Jewish state.
Nine Israelis have been killed and dozens injured in a string of Palestinian terror attacks since the beginning of the month. At least 50 Palestinians have also died, many while carrying out stabbing attacks on Israelis and others in clashes with security forces.