Israeli Soldiers Foil Stabbing Attempt Near Hebron, Kill Attacker

Palestinian stander-by killed by soldiers' fire, third Palestinian shot during clashes with troops in separate incident at Beit Jala.

An Israeli army post in Hebron.
Moti Milrod

Israeli soldiers shot and killed a young Palestinian man who they say had tried attack them with a knife, near Beit Inon, according to Israel Defense Forces sources. A second death, a Palestinian stander-by, was also reported from the scene. A third Palestinian man, 21, was killed in a separate incident in Beit Jala, according to Palestinian medical sources.

No Israelis were injured in the attack at Beit Inon, an intersection northeast of Hebron, which was described by eyewitnesses. The soldiers claimed one Palestinian, later identified as Mohammed Ahmad Kwazbeh, 23, from the West Bank village of Si'ir, exited a vehicle and tried to attack them with a knife.

Palestinian medical teams were not allowed to approach. The body was evacuated by the soldiers.

Just last week, three other members of the Kwazbeh family were killed in alleged attempted stabbing attacks.

A second Palestinian death, apparently a stander-by who was caught in the soldier's gunfire, was also reported from the scene. He was later identified as Hebron resident Adna'an al-Khalaika, 18.

In a separate incident at Beit Jala, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry, a 21-year old from the Aida refugee camp in north Bethlehem was shot and killed right by the government hospital.

According to local sources Sror Ahmad abu Sror was hit by live fire in the chest during conflicts that erupted near the hospital, when Israeli soldiers entered the town and began searches. An eyewitness said the soldiers confiscated cameras from some points around Beit Jala. He also said the conflicts erupted when some dozen young Palestinians ran into the soldiers.