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Israeli forces kill Palestinian near Nablus after alleged stabbing attack

Aug. 24, 2016 3:31 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 25, 2016 3:29 P.M.)
Israeli soldiers inspect a Palestinian car at a checkpoint close to the West Bank village of Beit Furik, east of Nablus, on Oct. 2, 2015. (AFP/Jaafar Ashtiyeh, File)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian was shot dead by Israeli forces Wednesday near Nablus after allegedly attempting to stab an Israeli soldier, according to Israeli sources.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma'an that Palestinians were "hurling stones" from a vehicle near Israel's Ariel settlement on Route 60, when Israeli forces began to chase their vehicle.

During the pursuit, one Palestinian reportedly exited the vehicle and tried to stab an Israeli soldier in the neck. According to the spokesperson, the soldier opened fire on the Palestinian, which "resulted in his death." The Palestinian Ministry of Health confirmed the Palestinian was killed at the scene.

A Ma'an reporter identified the slain Palestinian as Sari Muhammad Abu Ghurab, 24, from the village of Qabatiya in the northern West Bank district of Jenin.

Israeli media reported that the Israeli soldier suffered light wounds during the incident.

Since a wave of unrest swept across the Palestinian territory and Israel in October, at least 219 Palestinians have been killed by Israelis while allegedly carrying out attacks or attempting to carry out attacks on Israeli targets, or during clashes with Israeli forces during raids in Palestinian communities. Scores of Palestinians have also been detained for allegedly possessing knives or attempting to carry out stabbing attacks.

Some 32 Israelis have been killed by Palestinians during the same period.

Israel has come under repeated criticism for failing to carry out due process in response to alleged and actual attacks, particularly in regard to the apparent extrajudicial executions of Palestinians who no longer posed a threat when they were killed.
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