Palestinian Man Threatening IDF Soldiers with Knife Shot and Killed

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Palestinian man who attempted to stab Israeli soldiers monitoring a West Bank checkpoint was shot and killed by the troops.

The man arrived Sunday at the Hawara checkpoint near Nablus in a private car and parked it near Israeli soldiers there. He then left the car and ran toward the soldiers while brandishing a knife, Palestinian witnesses told the Palestinian Maan news agency.

The soldiers shot and killed the man, who was later identified as Rami Muhammad Zaim Awartani, 31, according to Maan. He reportedly was shot in the chest.

The Israel Defense Forces said that no one else was injured in the attempted attack. It said it would investigate the incident.

The incident occurred less than a week after a woman ran at the security guards at the Qalandiya checkpoint between the northern West Bank and Jerusalem, who shot at her legs after she ignored several calls to stop, according to Israel Police. The woman was treated at the scene of the July 26 shooting and arrested, and then taken to a Jerusalem hospital for treatment of her light injuries.

She carried a knife and a green scarf with the logo of the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas on it.


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