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Israeli forces shoot dead Palestinian near Shufat checkpoint after alleged stab attack

Nov. 25, 2016 6:20 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 27, 2016 10:42 A.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) -- An Israeli security guard shot dead a Palestinian youth near the Shufat checkpoint in the Jerusalem area on Friday after the youth allegedly attempted to carry out a stabbing attack on a group of Israeli security officers.

Israeli police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld told Ma’an that a Palestinian “approached [Israeli] security guards with a knife, and attempted to stab the guards.” Israeli forces responded with live fire, with Israeli police later declaring that the Palestinian had been killed in the alleged attack.

Rosenfeld added in a statement that no Israeli security guards were injured during the incident.

Witnesses told Ma’an that Palestinian Red Crescent ambulances rushed to the area following the incident. A Palestinian Red Crescent spokesperson was not immediately available for comment on the incident. 

Locals later identified the slain Palestinian as Muhammad Nabil Zeidan, 15.

According to Ma'an documentation, Zeidan is the latest of 241 Palestinians to have been killed by Israelis since the beginning of a wave of unrest across the occupied Palestinian territory in October 2015, the majority of whom were shot dead by Israeli forces. Of these 241 Palestinians, 13 have been killed by Israeli security guards.

During the same time period, 34 Israelis have been killed by Palestinians.

Throughout the unrest, rights groups have repeatedly denounced what they have termed Israeli forces' "shoot-to-kill" policy against Palestinians who did not constitute a threat at the time of their death or who could have been subdued in a non-lethal manner.

While Israel alleges many of those were attempting to attack Israelis when they were shot, Palestinians and rights groups have disputed Israel's version of events in a number of cases.
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