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Palestinian teenager killed after alleged stab attempt at Bethlehem-area checkpoint

May 22, 2017 5:06 P.M. (Updated: May 23, 2017 11:03 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- A 16-year-old Palestinian was shot and killed by Israeli border police at Israel's "Container checkpoint" northeast of Bethlehem in the southern occupied West Bank on Monday, after the teen allegedly attempted to stab Israeli forces stationed at the checkpoint.

Israeli police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld told Ma’an that a Palestinian attempted to stab Israeli border police at the checkpoint, at which point forces "responded to the threat" and shot the boy.

Rosenfeld did not immediately confirm that the Palestinian was killed, though eyewitnesses told Ma’an that the boy was dead. Israeli news website Ynet also reported that the Palestinian had been killed.

Rosenfeld added that no Israeli forces were injured in the alleged attack.

Israeli police spokesperson Luba al-Samri identified the alleged attacker, who she said was “neutralized,” as a 16-year-old from Bethlehem.

According to al-Samri, the boy approached Israeli forces holding a knife in his hand, and “after a short dispute, an Israeli soldier was able to open fire at the suspect who was neutralized and the knife in his possession was seized.”

A spokesperson from the Palestinian Red Crescent told Ma'an that Israeli forces prevented the service's ambulances from reaching the boy, who witnesses say was covered with a blanket by Israeli forces.

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