Stabbing attack thwarted in West Bank, assailant shot dead

Assailants attempts to stab IDF soldiers.

January 17, 2016 13:49
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IDF soldiers at a temporary checkpoint in the West Bank [File]. (photo credit: REUTERS)

A Palestinian knife attacker was shot while trying to stab Israeli soldiers at Hativa Square near Nablus, not far from the headquarters of the Samaria Territorial Brigade on Sunday afternoon. There were no injured Israelis in the attack. 

The assailant tried to stab the IDF soldiers securing the square who opened fire and killed the suspect.

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On Friday, IDF shot and killed two Palestinians in a stone-throwing clash near the Gaza border, a Palestinian medical official said.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said dozens of Palestinians had been rioting in the area and some had tried to breach the border with Israel. She said soldiers fired warning shots in the air before shooting at people across the fence.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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