Palestinian tries to stab Israeli soldiers, shot dead: army

Israeli border police perform a body search on a Palestinian man near Damascus Gate in Jerusalem Old City February 26, 2016. (Reuters)

A Palestinian tried to stab Israeli soldiers on Friday at a checkpoint near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank and was shot dead, the army said.

The army “thwarted the attack, firing towards the assailant, resulting in his death,” it said in a statement.

The Palestinian authorities did not immediately announce the identity of the attacker.

Israeli media said the attack took place near the Beit El settlement outside Ramallah.

A wave of Palestinian knife, gun and car-ramming assaults that erupted in October has claimed the lives of 28 Israelis, as well as an American, a Sudanese and an Eritrean.

The violence has also seen 177 Palestinians killed by Israeli forces, most while carrying out attacks but others during clashes and demonstrations.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:46 - GMT 06:46