Israel troops kill Palestinian knife attacker: army

January 10, 2017
Israel troops kill Palestinian knife attacker: army
Israel troops kill Palestinian knife attacker: army

Israeli troops in the occupied West Bank shot dead a Palestinian who attacked them with a knife during an overnight operation to arrest suspected militants, the army said on Tuesday.

A Palestinian official in the refugee camp where the incident occurred said the man tried to prevent the soldiers from entering his home when he was shot.

A military statement said that no soldiers were injured in the incident at Al-Fara refugee camp, northeast of the city of Nablus.

“Overnight, an assailant, armed with a knife, attempted to stab soldiers on operational activity to arrest suspects,” the statement said.

“Forces called the attacker to halt and, upon his continued advance, fired toward him, resulting in his death.”

It added that others in the camp hurled explosives and shot at the soldiers.

Khaled Mansour, an official in the camp, identified the dead man as Mohammed al-Salhi, 32.

Mansour told AFP Salhi had tried to prevent the soldiers entering his house before being shot six times.

Many analysts say Palestinian frustration with the Israeli occupation and settlement building in the West Bank, comatose peace efforts and their own fractured leadership have helped feed the unrest.

The Al-Fara incident occurred less than 48 hours after a Palestinian rammed a truck into troops visiting a Jerusalem tourist site, killing four soldiers in a stark reminder of tensions despite a recent lull in violence.

The attacker was shot dead at the scene.