Palestinian Shot and Killed in West Bank After Attempting Stabbing Attack, IDF Says

No other injuries were reported in the incident; Israeli civilian shot the assailant after he tried to attack him

File photo: Checkpoints in the Palestinian town of Huwara in the West Bank, 2016.
Lior Mizrahi

A Palestinian man was shot and seriously wounded after he suspectedly tried to carry out a stabbing attack at the Hawara checkpoint near the West Bank city of Nablus.

The man later died of his wounds. The Palestinian Health Ministry said another Palestinian man was moderately wounded and taken to hospital.

The Israeli military reported no further injuries in the suspected attack, adding an armed settler, and not a member of the security forces, shot the man.

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Yehoshua Sherman, a resident of the West Bank settlement of Elon Moreh and a prominent activist with the Union of the Right-Wing Parties. identified as the shooter.

"I was driving to work and heading toward the Tapuah Junction," he said. "At the intersection, a terrorist with a knife jumped on my car and tried to open its door."

He added he then stepped out, shot the Palestinian man, who has not been named, "and neutralized him with the assistance of another man who was driving in the car behind me."

Last month, 19-year-old Staff Sgt. Gal Keidan and 47-year-old Rabbi Ahida Ettinger were killed in two separate shooting and stabbing attacks that took place near the West Bank city of Ariel. 

The perpetrator, Omar Amin Abu Lila, was killed two days later while security forces tried to arrest him in a village near Ramallah.