Palestinian shot dead after attempting to stab troops near Ramallah, IDF says


A Palestinian man was shot and killed after trying to stab Israeli soldiers near the West Bank city of Ramallah on Friday afternoon, military and Palestinian health officials said.

According to the Israeli Defense Forces, the Palestinian suspect approached troops in a suspicious manner at a junction between the town of Baytin and the settlement of Beit El.

Soldiers first asked the suspect to identify himself, before he pulled out a knife, the IDF said. In response, the troops opened fire on him.

Military doctors first took the suspect to Shaare Zedek hospital in Jerusalem, but he was pronounced dead.

The Palestinian Authority’s Ministry of Health said it had received notification of the man’s death, naming him as 23-year-old Yazan Omar Jamil Khasib.

No soldiers were injured in the attempted attack.

The incident happened as tension was high in the West Bank.

For the past year, the IDF has been conducting almost nightly raids on the West Bank amid a series of deadly Palestinian terror attacks. Those tensions have escalated further in recent weeks, with a cycle of deadly Israeli raids and Palestinian revenge attacks, as well as an uptick in settler violence.

Palestinian terrorist attacks in Israel and the West Bank in recent months have left 14 Israelis dead and many others injured.

At least 85 Palestinians have been killed since the beginning of the year, most of them in attacks or during clashes with security forces, but some were unrelated civilians and others were killed under circumstances that are being investigated.

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