Palestinian Assailant Shot, Killed in Attempted West Bank Stabbing

The knife-wielding assailant ran towards soldiers who were standing at a popular hitchhiking spot at the Gush Etzion intersection

Israeli police officers inspect the scene of an attack at the Gush Etzion junction in the West Bank, Friday, July 28, 2017.
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A Palestinian terrorist was shot and killed on Friday after he tried to stab soldiers at the Gush Etzion intersection in the West Bank on Friday. Meanwhile, clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinians were reported in the West Bank as well as in Gaza, were one was killed.

The assailant ran towards a popular hitchhiking spot where the soldiers were standing, holding a knife. The assailant was critically shot by the soldiers and died of his wounds shortly after

According to military sources, a short while earlier, approximately 50 Palestinians clashed with security forces in the West Bank village of Huwara, close to the city of Nablus. Forces there responded with tear gas, and two Palestinians were reportedly injured.

In Bethlehem approximately 200 Palestinians gathered near Rachel's Tomb, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent. One person was reported injured there in clashes with security forces. 

A total of 600 Palestinians were reported to be invloved in clashes across the West Bank. One soldier was lightly wounded after being struck with a rock. Seven Palestinians were also lighly injured, including two from rubber-bullet fire and one from gas inhalation. Two were also injured by ruger-rifle fire.

Noon prayers at Jerusalem's Temple Mount passed without exceptional confrontations. Ten of thousands of people participated in the prayers, though men under 50 were barred from entering the compound as security forces attempt to avoid potential security risks.
 
Thousands of men who didn't meet the age requirement gathered near checkpoints outside the Mount. No clashes or violent incidents were reported there. Morning prayers at the site proceeded without incident.