Palestinian Shot and Killed After Trying to Stab Solider in West Bank

Israeli military says that soldiers stationed at West Bank junction shot and killed Palestinian assailant after he tried to stab a soldier. Soldier was unharmed

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The scene of a suspected stabbing attempt at the Gitai Junction in the West Bank, October 15, 2018.
The scene of a suspected stabbing attempt at the Gitai Junction in the West Bank, October 15, 2018.Credit: Shomron Regional Council

A Palestinian was shot and killed in the West Bank Monday after he tried to stab an Israeli soldier, the military said.

In a statement, the Israel Defense Forces said soldiers stationed at Gitai Junction, near the settlement of Ariel, shot and killed the Palestinian, who was identified as Elias Salah Yassin, 22, from Biddya.

On Friday, 47-year-old Aisha Mohammed Rabi, also from Biddya, was killed after a rock struck her in the head. Police suspect that settlers were behind the attack but are still investigating.

The incident took place near the Barkan industrial zone, where last week two Israelis were murdered. A Palestinian co-worker, Ashraf Walid Saliman Na'alwa, 23, is suspected of shooting Ziv Hajbi, 35, and Kim Yehezkel-Levengrond, 29, at the plant where they worked in Barkan.

Another woman, who is 54, was wounded, and Na'alwa fled after the attack.

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