A Palestinian man was shot dead by Israeli forces on Saturday after reportedly stabbing an Israeli border police officer close to Tapuah Junction near Ariel in the occupied West Bank. The officer was lightly wounded.
The Palestinian, identified as Rafik Kamal al Taj (21) by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, died of wounds after being shot by Israeli troops.
“He was critically wounded by five bullets, we tried to save him but he died,” said Abdelhalim Jaafreh, head of the Red Crescent in Nablus.
The incident occurred when Israeli policeman was patrolling with other officers in the occupied Palestinian territories.
It is the second stabbing incident in the same day and the third in less than a week.
Earlier in the day, another Palestinian man was shot and wounded at the scene after stabbing and lightly wounding an Israeli soldier at the Ofer checkpoint in the occupied West Bank, north of Jerusalem.
On Aug. 9, 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.
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 last week from horrific burns, leaving behind his mother and brother who were injured in the attack.