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Palestinian shot dead after stabbing Israeli officer

Aug. 15, 2015 7:08 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 16, 2015 1:27 P.M.)
Israeli forces stand where a Palestinian man was shot and wounded after he stabbed a soldier on Aug. 15, 2015, on Route 443. (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian after he stabbed a Border Police officer near Beita in southern Nablus, Palestinian medics and Israeli police said.

Israeli police identified him as 21-year-old Rafeeq Kamil Rafeeq al-Taj, based on his identity card.

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society earlier identified him incorrectly as his younger 16-year-old brother, Ahmad al-Taj.

Medics from the society who arrived on the scene said that Taj was shot five times.

Abdelhalim Jaafreh, head of the Red Crescent in Nablus, said, "He was critically wounded by five bullets. We tried to save him but he died."

Israeli police confirmed Taj's death.

A police spokesperson said that Israeli forces opened fire on him after he stabbed a border police officer in the back.

The policeman, who was on patrol with other officers, was lightly wounded, police said.

Earlier on Saturday, Israeli forces shot and injured a Palestinian man twice in his hand after he allegedly stabbed an Israeli soldier west of Ramallah.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma'an that Israeli forces shot the Palestinian on Route 443 near the village of Beit Ur al-Tahta.

Less than a week before, another Palestinian was shot dead on the same road following his alleged involvement in a stabbing attack that left an Israeli civilian lightly wounded.

Anas Muntaser Taha, 20, from the village of Qutna northwest of Jerusalem, was killed when Israeli forces opened fire "to prevent the suspect from escaping," an Israeli army spokesperson said.

Earlier this week, Israeli media reported that the Israeli army had implemented new rules of engagement, requiring soldiers in the occupied Palestinian territory to hold their fire unless there is a genuine threat to their lives.

Previous rules allowed Israeli soldiers to use fire "warning shots" when their lives were not at imminent risk, and subsequently aim for lower extremities when engaging with Palestinians on the ground.

Since the beginning of 2015 Israeli forces have injured an average of 37 Palestinians a week, according to UN figures.

Israeli forces have killed at least 24 Palestinians since the start of the year.

AFP contributed to this report.
Antionette / Belgium
Can you report on the stabbed and injured Israeli Border Police officer's condition?
15/08/2015 19:21
Colin Wright / USA
Notice that they shot him five times as he was running away. There is only one sentence for a Palestinian who attacks a member of the Master Race, and no trial is necessary.
15/08/2015 20:43
Joe Fattal / USA
My friends freedom don't come sheap. Either you pay in blood or in cash. And since the Palestinians cannot pay their freedom in cash which Israel will take if the price is right, blood will spill for the price of freedom. If a Palestinian stab he get shot, if the same get stab he
15/08/2015 20:46
Joe Fattal / USA
Cont..can also get shot. No winning situation.
15/08/2015 20:48
izzy / usa
In the title it's alleged. In the article he actually did it. Can u give us facts and not the spin? He obviously stabbed the soldier, in the back, and the army shot him
15/08/2015 22:41
Black Dahlia / Kenya
Looks like the "new rules of engagement" reported in the Israeli media were just that, "reports" and reality on the ground is very different. Shot five times at close range, a tad "trigger happy" some might say, however who will complain, not USA who fund it all, that's for sure.
16/08/2015 00:29
Outlier / USA
The primary rule of security is to use overwhelming force on an imminent threat until it is no longer a threat. Those who pose such threats should expect nothing less.
16/08/2015 00:37
Sherri Munnerlyn / US
Whats not reported is Israel unlawfully occupies the West Bank and armed resistance to occupation is 100% lawful under international law. Zionists need to leave Occupied Palestine and go home.
16/08/2015 00:42
Resistance in the face of oppression is legitimate , no matter what spin Israel and her allies put on it. The security of Israel is not sustainable at the price of continuously denying the security and the right to freedom to others. Freedom is snatched.
16/08/2015 04:58
Johnny benson / USA
Joe fattal....joe ,,,you sure are quick to urge the Arabs way or another ...respectfully suggest you go over there and help them along...
16/08/2015 06:06
Mark of Lewiston / USA
A less violent resistance method needs to be found. Maybe sitting down in the way, in mass, and not moving. With hundreds or thousands of cameras in use, attacks on the unarmed would make it to the internet and be evidence of crimes. Video the IDF.
16/08/2015 10:33
@ Mark / USA too
Palestinians don't believe in "less violent", and "sitting down resistance" would fail, since There Are No Israeli "Attacks On The Unarmed".
16/08/2015 14:53
Abu Rahma / Palestine
@Mark of Lewiston: Have you seen 5 Broken Cameras?
20/08/2015 19:05
Colin Wright / USA
To Antoinette: 'Can you report on the stabbed and injured Israeli Border Police officer's condition?' Oh, that might raise awkward questions. Does said officer even exist, for example.
21/08/2015 16:57
Colin Wright / USA
To Outlier: 'The primary rule of security is to use overwhelming force on an imminent threat until it is no longer a threat...' That has fascinating implications for human rights. For example, if I feel you are a threat, would I be justified in applying it to you?
21/08/2015 16:59
Peace men / Canada
please remember the days where Jews and Muslims use to go to each other houses for holy days
Please remember that Muslim country's like turkey welcome the sepharadic Jews from Spain and Portugal
Can we form a non political Groupe of people that will make a real peace
Excluding religious people
21/08/2015 17:05
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