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Israeli Troops Kill Palestinian Attack Suspect in West Bank

Israeli Troops Kill Palestinian Attack Suspect in West Bank

Tuesday, 26 January, 2021 - 12:00
Israel soldiers keep watch at the scene of an incident near the Jewish settlement of Ariel, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank January 26, 2021. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman

Israeli troops on Tuesday shot and killed a Palestinian man suspected of trying to attack soldiers at a West Bank junction, the military said.

The Israeli army said the assailant attempted to stab troops stationed at an intersection near the Israeli settlement of Ariel in the occupied West Bank.

“One of the soldiers blocked the assailant’s multiple stabbing attacks, and the commander of the troops who was at the scene fired towards the assailant and neutralized him,” the army said in a statement.

The Palestinian Health Ministry confirmed the man’s death, but provided no further information.

The military said no soldiers were wounded in the incident, The Associated Press reported.

Israel has seen a series of shootings, stabbings and car-ramming attacks in recent years, mostly carried out by lone attackers with no apparent links to armed groups. Hamas and other Palestinian militant groups have praised the attacks but have not claimed them.

Palestinian and Israeli rights groups have accused Israel of using excessive force in some instances, and of killing some suspected attackers who could have been apprehended.

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