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Palestinian teen shot dead after alleged stabbing at Nablus checkpoint

Nov. 23, 2015 3:19 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 24, 2015 8:16 P.M.)
Israeli soldiers inspect a Palestinian car at a checkpoint close to the West Bank village of Beit Furik, east of Nablus, on Oct. 2, 2015 (AFP/Jaafar Ashtiyeh/File)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian teenager on Monday afternoon after he allegedly attempted to stab an Israeli soldier at the Huwwara checkpoint south of Nablus, Israel's army said.

An Israeli army spokesperson said that as the Palestinian approached the checkpoint, he "drew a knife and attempted to attack a soldier."

She said that the soldier "responded to the immediate danger" and opened fire on the Palestinian, "resulting in his death."

The Palestinian Ministry of Health identified the attacker to Ma'an as Alaa Khalil Sabah Hashash, 16.

A Palestinian woman identified as Samah Abd al-Mumen Ahmad from Ammuriya village was shot in the head in the crossfire, witnesses said.

A bus driver, Adham al-Sharfa, told Ma'an: “I saw what happened with my own eyes as Israeli soldiers opened fire at a youth for attempting to stab an Israeli soldier and then several Israeli soldiers arrived and shot the youth more than 10 times and he fell to the ground.”

Palestinian security sources said Samah was shot in the head while sitting inside her car near where the incident occurred.

Her injuries were reported as critical.

No Israelis were reported injured during the incident.

Huwwara checkpoint lies just south of Nablus on a major thoroughfare for both Palestinians as well as Israelis living in illegal settlements in the northern occupied West Bank.

On Sunday, an Israeli settler ran over a 16-year-old girl at Huwwara checkpoint before getting out of his car and shooting her dead, saying that he believed she was about to carry out a stabbing attack at the checkpoint.

The settler was later identified by Israeli media as Gershon Mesika, the former head of the Samaria Regional Council, which represents Israel's illegal settlements in the northern West Bank.

Later on Sunday, Israeli forces imposed a curfew on Huwwara village after a Palestinian threw a Molotov cocktail at a settler's vehicle passing through the village, Israel's army said.
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