Israeli police reported on Saturday a Palestinian teenager was shot dead after stabbing an Israeli paramilitary police officer near a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank.
“A terrorist armed with a knife stabbed a border policeman in the head after being asked for identification. Troops at the scene shot and neutralized him,” the police said in a statement on Twitter.
A police spokeswoman said he was 17 years old.
Channel 10 television reported that the teenager aroused suspicion as he approached a checkpoint manned by border policemen close to the Tomb of the Patriarchs. He pulled out a knife after the troops asked him to present identification.
The Palestinian Health Ministry confirmed his death and his family confirmed his age.
The attack came two days after another stabbing attempt near the West Bank settlement of Ariel. Both attackers were shot and killed by responding security forces, the IDF said.
Since October almost daily Palestinian street attacks have killed 28 Israelis and two U.S. citizens. Israeli security forces have killed at least 189 Palestinians, 128 of whom Israel claim were assailants, while most others were shot dead during violent anti-Israeli protests.
Palestinian leaders have fear for youngsters who see no future ahead amidst the current situation. They say attackers have acted out of desperation in the absence of movement towards creation of an independent state. Israel says they are being incited to commit acts of violence by their leaders and on social media.