Israeli troops fatally shoot Palestinian in West Bank

Israeli forces shoot and kill Palestinian-US national over alleged stabbing attempt at checkpoint in occupied West Bank

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Israeli forces seen at a checkpoint near Ramallah, in the occupied West Bank, where a Palestinian was fatally shot over alleged stabbing attempt on February 26, 2016.

Updated Feb 29, 2016

A 17-year-old Palestinian-US national was shot dead by Israeli forces on Friday over an alleged knife attack at a checkpoint near the occupied West Bank town of Ramallah, the Israeli army and Palestinian sources said.

An army statement said the alleged attacker approached the so-called DCO checkpoint used by diplomats, journalists and some authorised Palestinians. But soldiers "thwarted the attack, firing towards the assailant, resulting in his death."

The assailant has been identified as Mahmoud Shaalan, a Ramallah resident who also held US citizenship.

Meanwhile, the Palestinian Health Ministry said on Friday that six Palestinians were wounded by gunfire in Gaza.

Clashes broke out between Israeli troops and Palestinians throwing stones in several parts of the occupied West Bank and across the border separating Israel and the Gaza Strip.

Since October 2015 at least 186 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces while 28 Israelis have been reportedly killed by Palestinians.

TRTWorld and agencies