Two Palestinians Shot After Trying to Stab Soldiers in Northern West Bank

One Palestinian killed, another arrested near checkpoint north of Jenin, in a second suspected stabbing attempt in three days.

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Scene of suspected attack at Jalama Crossing. October 31, 2015.Credit: Defense Ministry

A Palestinian man was shot dead and another was arrested on Monday morning in what the Israeli army said was an attempted stabbing near a checkpoint in the northern West Bank.

The army said that two Palestinians were shot when they walked toward the Jalama (Gilboa) checkpoint. According to the army, soldiers from a reconnaissance unit arrived at a gas station adjacent to the crossing and spotted two suspicious Palestinians. The soldiers approached them and where then attacked with a knife by one of the two Palestinians. The soldiers then shot one of them while the other was arrested.

The incident took place some 150 meters from the checkpoint. There were no reports of casualties among the Israeli forces.

The Jalama checkpoint which has seen two attacks in as many weeks. The checkpoint, located north on Jenin, is a key crossing between Israel and the West Bank.

On Saturday, a Palestinian was shot dead at the crossing after allegedly attempting to stab Israeli security personnel, a week after another Palestinian was shot dead after a similar attempted attack.

On Sunday, Three Border Police officers were wounded in a car-ramming attack in the Hebron area, north of the settlement of Kiryat Arba. The incident took place near the Palestinian village of Beit Anun, where a knife-wielding Palestinian was shot dead by Israeli forces earlier on Sunday after he tried to stab a soldier.

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