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Palestinian teen shot dead after alleged stabbing attempt near Bethlehem

Feb. 14, 2016 1:20 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 15, 2016 7:15 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces shot and killed a 17-year-old Palestinian on Sunday after the teen allegedly attempted to stab an Israeli soldier at a checkpoint north of Bethlehem, official Palestinian sources said.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health identified the teen as as Naim Ahmad Yousif Safi from the town of al-Ubediya, just east of Bethlehem.

Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld initially told Ma’an that a young Palestinian man approached the Mazmoria checkpoint near the illegal Israeli settlement of Har Homa and took out a knife.

Spotting the knife, Israeli soldiers shot at Safi, Rosenfeld said.

It was unclear whether the teen died on site or later as a result of his wounds.

No Israeli soldiers were injured, Rosenfeld said, adding that Israeli security forces had closed off the area.

Hours earlier, Israeli forces shot and killed two 15-year-old Palestinians in the northern occupied West Bank district of Jenin, after the two allegedly opened fire on Israeli soldiers.

While no Israelis were injured in the alleged attack, the two teens were targeted and shot dead at the scene.

A spokesperson with the Palestinian Red Crescent said Israeli forces prevented the society's medics from reaching the scene immediately after the incident.

On Saturday, Israeli forces shot dead an 18-year-old Palestinian woman identified as Kilzar al-Uweiwi after she allegedly attempted to stab an Israeli soldier, lightly injuring him before she was shot and killed.

Ashraf Mishal, the head of the public prosecution in Hebron, told Ma’an that an autopsy revealed al-Uweiwi had been shot three times -- once in the elbow, once in the chest, and another bullet went through her lung and settled in her neck.

Mishal said al-Uweiwi could have survived the shots if she had not been left bleeding to death.

“The forensic physician identified a massive pulmonary hemorrhage as the cause of Kilzar’s death, and it would have been possible to save her life if she had had medical treatment,” he said.

Over 170 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces and settlers since a wave of unrest spread across the occupied Palestinian territory in October.

The unrest has been marked by a surge of small-scale attacks carried out by Palestinian individuals -- predominantly on Israeli military targets -- which have left over 25 Israelis dead, with the majority of suspected Palestinian attackers shot dead on site.

A photo of Naim Ahmad Yousif Safi
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