Israeli troops shoot dead Palestinian in alleged knife attack in occupied West Bank

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A knife-wielding Palestinian who attempted to stab Israeli soldiers near Nablus in the occupied West Bank was shot dead on Tuesday, the Israeli army and the Palestinian health ministry said.

In a statement, the army said that troops at a West Bank military post “spotted an assailant who attempted to stab two (Israeli) soldiers.”

“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.”

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The statement added that Israeli forces suffered no casualties, while an army spokesperson told AFP that the alleged attacker had been killed.

The Palestinian health ministry confirmed that “a citizen” had been shot dead by the “occupation forces.”

Israel has occupied the West Bank since the Six-Day War of 1967.

So-called lone-wolf attacks by Palestinians on the Israeli military are common in the West Bank. Some have involved firearms but most have been with knives.

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