Palestinian Assailant Shot Dead in Attempted West Bank Stabbing Attack

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FILE Photo: Israeli soldiers walk through the streets of Hebron.
FILE Photo: Israeli soldiers walk through the streets of Hebron. Credit: Olivier Fitoussi

A Palestinian assailant was shot dead after he tried to carry out a stabbing attack near an Israeli army post in the West Bank city of Hebron, the Israeli army said Tuesday afternoon. 

The Palestinian Health Ministry identified the man as 27-year-old Hebron resident Yaser Fawzi al-Shweiki.

The Israeli army said he ran with a knife in his hand toward soldiers, who shot him before he got to them. No other injuries were reported in the incident. 

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Last Monday two Israeli soldiers were injured when a car rammed into them in the village of N'ima in the northern West Bank. Two of the suspects were been shot and killed by Israeli forces, a third was lighly wounded, according to the Israel Defense Forces.

An IDF spokesperson said that several soldiers had stopped on the side of the road near the exit of the village when they were attacked. An initial investigation by the IDF concluded that the incident was a terror attack. 

Tensions have been mounting in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem, as the April 9 Knesset election approaches. Army officials have expressed concerns of increased tensions as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that Hamas not to count on Israel fearing a military operation in Gaza before the election and promised to do “everything necessary” to restore quiet to Israelis in Gaza-area communities.

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