Israeli soldiers shot dead a Palestinian, who was accused of stabbing an Israeli man at a petrol station in the occupied West Bank on a highway near Jerusalem, Israeli police announced on Sunday.
"In a stabbing attack at a gas station... between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, one civilian was wounded and a suspect shot and wounded by soldiers," an army statement said.
The Palestinian, who allegedly stabbed and slightly injured a 26-year old Israeli man from his shoulder, was from the nearby village of Khirbet al Misbah, near highway 443, a major artery that connects Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.
Police said that he died of a leg wound shortly after the attack.
Tension has increased in the occupied West Bank since Illegal Jewish settlers threw firebombs into a Palestinian-owned house in the West Bank, brutally killing an 18-month-old Palestinian, Ali Saad Dawabsha and his father, Saed Dawabsheh (32), who later died in hospital on Saturday from horrific burns, leaving behind his mother and brother who were injured in the attack.
Palestinians are seeking statehood for the Israeli-occupied West Bank and the blockaded Gaza Strip, with East Jerusalem as the proposed capital.
The latest round of direct peace talks between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators collapsed in April 2014 when the Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah faction declared a joint government with Gaza’s Hamas authorities in response to Israel’s continued illegal settlement construction in the occupied territories of the West Bank.
A few months after the negotiations, in July and August 2014, Israel launched the 51-day “Operation Protective Edge” in the Gaza Strip and killed more than 2,100 people, mostly women and children and injured 11,000 others. On the Israeli side, 67 soldiers and six civilians were killed.
The Palestinian unity government dissolved on June 17, 2015, a year after it was formed.