Palestinian attempts to carry out stabbing in West Bank, is shot dead, IDF says

Army says suspect was ordered to stop by settlement security official and soldier, threw a meat cleaver at the former

Illustrative: Israeli security forces and medical personnel at the scene of an attempted stabbing attack at the Gush Etzion Junction on January 2, 2020. (Gershon Elinson/Flash90)

A Palestinian man on Tuesday tried to carry out a stabbing attack in the West Bank, amid rising violence in the area, the Israeli military said.

The Israel Defense Forces said the suspect was spotted by a settlement security coordinator as he approached the Gush Etzion junction, south of Bethlehem. The security official and an Israeli soldier ordered the suspect to stop and fired shots into the air, according to the military.

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