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Palestinian shot and killed in alleged stabbing attack at Gush Etzion junction

July 28, 2017 2:45 P.M. (Updated: July 29, 2017 4:41 P.M.)
(File)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian was shot and killed by Israeli forces Friday afternoon after the Palestinian allegedly attempted to carry out a stabbing attack at the Gush Etzion junction in the Bethlehem district of the southern occupied West Bank.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma'an that there was a stabbing attempt at the junction, and confirmed that the Palestinian was killed.

Local sources told Ma'an that the Palestinian died minutes after being shot and was put into a plastic bag by Israeli forces.

An eyewitness told Ma'an that a Palestinian male was "heading to Bethlehem on foot and Israeli forces shot at him while he was around 20 meters away from them," adding that "one of the soldiers approached the martyr and turned him over with his foot and shot him more than five times." 

 "I swear that he didn't have any type of knife with him or any kind of weapon."

Israeli media released a picture of the slain Palestinian's alleged ID card, which news outlets said was released by the Israeli army. The ID card identified the Palestinian as Bethlehem-born 24-year-old Abdullah Ali Mahmoud Taqatqa.

Picture of the ID card reportedly belonging to the Palestinian who was killed by Israeli forces at the Gush Etzion junction on Friday

He was the 52nd Palestinian to be killed by Israelis since the start of the year, 13 of whom were killed over the past two weeks during alleged attacks or in clashes following protests against Israeli security measures at Al-Aqsa mosque. Since the beginning of 2017, 13 Israelis have been killed by Palestinians. 

Though Israeli forces have claimed that Palestinians were allegedly attempting to carry out attacks in a majority of instances when Palestinians were killed, rights groups have disputed Israel's version of events in a number of cases, and argued that many alleged attackers could have been subdued in a non-lethal manner.

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