Palestinian Shot Dead in Attempted Stabbing Attack in West Bank, IDF Says

The man reportedly got out of a car and charged a bus stop where civilians and soldiers were present, the army is searching for the vehicle which fled the scene

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Amir Ataf Reyan attempted a stabbing attack on Friday
Amir Ataf Reyan attempted a stabbing attack on Friday

A Palestinian was shot dead after attempting to carry out a stabbing attack at a junction near the West Bank settlement of Ariel on Friday, according to the IDF.

The assailant, identified as 36-year-old Amir Ataf Reyan, was evacuated to Beilinson Hospital in Petach Tikva in a serious condition, and later succumbed to his wounds.

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According to the army's account, he got out of his vehicle and sprinted toward a bus stop, where civilians and soldiers were present. Troops shot him before he managed to reach anybody.

The knife used in the stabbing attemptCredit:

The army announced early Sunday morning that they had arrested the person suspected to have driven Reyan to the scene of the attack. 

However, a friend of the assailant disputed the account, stating Reyan had worked in Israel for a long time to support his family, including his wife, who is seven-months pregnant, and their four other young children. The Palestinian Foreign Ministry condemned the killing as “an execution.” 

Since November, Israel has experienced a wave of stabbing and shooting attacks by Palestinians, mainly at flash points in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

With most of the assailants not formally affiliated with militant groups, the incidents have drawn comparisons with other periods of lone wolf violence, such as the 'stabbing intifada' in 2015.

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