Two Palestinians shot after alleged stabbing attempt

Israeli police says two Palestinians “neutralised” after they allegedly tried to stab police officer at checkpoint

Photo by: AFP (Archive)
Photo by: AFP (Archive)

Palestinian demonstrators clash with Israeli border guards (R) at a checkpoint near the West Bank city of Nablus

Israeli police shot two Palestinians after they allegedly tried to stab a police officer at a West Bank checkpoint on Friday, police said.

The latest attack took place at a checkpoint leading to the city of Nablus.

According to police spokeswoman Luba Samri, the attackers had been “neutralised," however no immediate details were available on their condition.

Another Palestinian, Islam Rafiq Hammad Ibeido was shot dead by Israeli forces on Wednesday, after he allegedly attempted to carry out a knife attack near the Kiryat Arba settlement in Hebron.

On Tuesday, Israeli soldiers killed a 23-year-old Palestinian Hammam Said, who they accused of attempting to stab an Israeli security officer in Tel Rumeida neighbourhood of Hebron.

Since the wave of violence - the worst one since the 2014 Gaza war -  began early in October, at least 62 Palestinians have been killed by Israelis in the occupied West Bank and Gaza.

Out of the 62 Palestinians killed, only 35 were armed with knives and in some cases with guns, Israel said. The rest of the people were killed during protests. Many of them were teenagers.

In the incidents, 11 Israelis have also been killed in stabbings and shootings.

International human rights organisation, Amnesty International criticised Israeli forces on Wednesday for using “extreme and unlawful measures."

It described the killings of some Palestinians as "extrajudicial executions" saying the victims did not pose imminent threat to Israeli security forces at the time of their death.


TRTWorld and agencies