Israeli troops gun down alleged Palestinian knife attacker in West Bank

Jerusalem: The Israeli military says troops have shot dead a Palestinian attacker who tried to stab soldiers in the West Bank.

Representational image. AP

Representational image. AP

It says Israeli forces were on an arrest raid in the Fara Refugee Camp on Tuesday when the Palestinian charged toward them with a knife. The troops shot him after he ignored warnings to halt.

Palestinians said 32-year-old Mohammed al-Salhi was shot dead in his home.

The incident follows one of the deadliest attacks in more than a year of Israeli-Palestinian violence in which a Palestinian truck driver rammed his vehicle into a crowd of Israeli soldiers in Jerusalem, killing four.

Since September 2015, Palestinian attackers have killed 40 Israelis and two visiting Americans in mainly stabbing attacks. During that time, 231 Palestinians, mostly attackers, have been killed by Israeli fire.

Published Date: Jan 10, 2017 13:21 PM | Updated Date: Jan 10, 2017 13:21 PM

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