Palestinian killed after alleged stabbing attempt

Palestinian shot dead north of Hebron after reportedly trying to stab Israeli soldiers, army says.

    The incident occurred at the Gush Etzion junction near a large bloc of Israeli settlements south of Bethlehem [Musa al Shaer/AFP]
    The incident occurred at the Gush Etzion junction near a large bloc of Israeli settlements south of Bethlehem [Musa al Shaer/AFP]

    A Palestinian has been shot dead after allegedly attempting to stab Israeli soldiers north of Hebron in the occupied West Bank

    The Israeli army reported the incident on Friday, but added that none of its soldiers were wounded.

    The Israeli army published a picture of the man's identity card. It showed that the alleged attacker was 24- year-old Abdullah Taqatqa from Bethlehem. 

    Palestinian witnesses told local media that "Israeli forces shot at him while he was around 20 metres away from them" and that Taqatqa "didn't have any type of knife with him or any kind of weapon".

    The incident occurred at the Gush Etzion junction near a large bloc of Israeli settlements south of Bethlehem. 

    It comes amid soaring tensions between Israeli authorities and Palestinians over discriminatory restrictions in place at al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem.

    A few hours before the Friday prayers, Israeli police announced for the second week running that men under the age on 50 will not be permitted to attend the holy site, and closed several gates to the compound.

    A few skirmishes broke out in different West Bank towns and cities after prayers were over. 

    The Palestinian Red Crescent said that they have received 52 cases of injuries across the West Bank and Jerusalem, in protests against the restrictions on Friday.  

    What triggered the violence at al-Aqsa Mosque?

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and news agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    How different voting systems work around the world

    How different voting systems work around the world

    Nearly two billion voters in 52 countries around the world will head to the polls this year to elect their leaders.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    The great plunder: Nepal's stolen treasures

    The great plunder: Nepal's stolen treasures

    How the art world's hunger for ancient artefacts is destroying a centuries-old culture. A journey across the Himalayas.