Palestinian Killed After Opening Fire on Israeli Forces at West Bank Checkpoint

No soldiers wounded after armed Palestinian attacks IDF reservists in Beka'ot checkpoint.

Gili Cohen
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Border police stand guard after a shooting attack, near settlement of Dolev in the West Bank. June 19, 2015.
Border police stand guard after a shooting attack, near settlement of Dolev in the West Bank. June 19, 2015.Credit: Reuters
Gili Cohen
Gili Cohen

A Palestinian was shot dead by Israeli military forces Friday after he opened fire on the soldiers at the Beka'ot checkpoint in the West Bank.

According to the IDF, an armed Palestinian approached the checkpoint in his car and opened fire on the soldiers after exiting the vehicle. The reserve soldiers manning the checkpoint responded with live rounds, killing the Palestinian. No soldiers were wounded in the incident and no damage was caused. Military sappers are searching the car for explosives.

The event comes a week after a terror attack last Friday killed 25-year-old Danny Gonen, an Israeli student, and injured his friend lightly, near the settlement of Dolev in the Ramallah area. The incident occurred at the Ein Buvin spring.

This Sunday also saw a terror attack, with an Israeli border policeman critically wounded after being stabbed at the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem. The officer was stabbed in the neck, but managed to shoot the attacker before collapsing. According to an Israel Police spokesperson, the perpetrator was an 18-year-old Palestinian who lives in the West Bank. He was evacuated to Hadasah, Ein Kerem hospital in critical condition.

In wake of the two attacks, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon have announced changes in policies intended to ease life for Palestinians during the holy month of Ramadan. The defense ministry announced that the exit permits granted to 500 Palestinians, to enable them to travel overseas, will be canceled.

The permits, which would have allowed these residents of the West Bank to depart via Ben-Gurion International Airport outside Tel Aviv, had been authorized in advance by the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai.

The Beka'ot checkpoint has been scene to such attacks in the past. In 2011, Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian who tried to throw a pipe bomb at them at the checkpoint in the Jordan Valley. A week before hand, the IDF killed another Palestinian at the same location after he approached the soldiers with a suspicious object and failed to stop, even after warning shots were fired.

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