Palestinian Man Killed During Army Raid in West Bank; IDF: He Tried to Stab Soldiers

The IDF said Mohammed al-Salahi, 32, threatened them with a knife, but an activist in the camp alleges he was shot for no reason. Three Palestinian suspects were arrested.

Israeli soldiers on patrol in the West Bank on January 8, 2017.

Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian man who allegedly tried to stab them in a refugee camp east of the West Bank city of Nablus on Tuesday.

According to the army, the man ran with a drawn knife toward the soldiers during a raid in Far'a , a refugee camp.

"Forces called to the attacker to halt and upon his continued advance they fired toward him resulting in his death," and IDF statement said.

The knife found at the scene of an IDF raid in a West Bank refugee camp.
IDF Spokesperson's Unit

Several other Palestinians threw explosives and shot at the forces, no injuries were reported from these incidents, the IDF said.

Palestinian sources identified the man who was killed as Mohammed a-Salahi, 32, a former inmate who spent three years in an Israeli prison.  

Khaled Mansour, a Palestinian activist in the camp, told Haaretz that the soldiers entered the camp on Tuesday morning on an arrest raid and that they entered Salahi's home on their way to a suspect's house.

Mansour said that the soldiers shot at Salahi for no justified reason, and he described the shooting as an execution.

Salahi was seriously wounded and died at the scene, then was evacuated to a hospital in Tubas.

The IDF arrested three young men and left the site.