IDF soldiers at a temporary checkpoint in the West Bank [File].
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Israeli border police officers shot and killed a 16 year old Palestinian after he attempted to stab them near a checkpoint close to east Jerusalem, police officials revealed Saturday.
The incident occurred early on Saturday near the a-Zayyim checkpoint where the suspect reportedly tried to attack officers on duty.
The officers pursued the suspect after he tried to attack them, warning him before opening fire.
Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said that paramilitary border police fired warning shots into the air [and then] at the man. Samri said the troops "fired precise shots neutralizing him [the suspect]" when he failed to heed their warnings, and that medics confirmed the suspect had died of his injuries.
Violence in the Jerusalem area has flared on and off since just before a 50-day July-August Gaza war when Israelis killed a Palestinian youth in revenge for the slayings of three kidnapped Israeli teenagers.
Israeli tanks fired at Gaza on Friday after Israel said a rocket was fired from the Hamas Islamist dominated territory during Independence Day celebrations a day earlier. There were no casualties in those incidents.