Israeli soldiers kill Palestinian who fired on them

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Palestinian who fired on Israeli soldiers in the West Bank with a submachine gun was killed when the troops returned fire.

The incident took place Wednesday morning near the Ateret settlement, located north of Ramallah, according to the Israel Defense Forces. The gunman had been working near the soldiers’ post in recent days on a road repair project by the U.S. Agency for International Development, Haaretz reported.

The Palestinian fired 17 rounds from his Carl Gustav submachine gun, according to Haaretz, citing an unnamed military source. It was not known if the shooter was a member of a terrorist group or was acting alone, or where he got the gun.

“IDF soldiers acted swiftly and professionally to prevent casualties,” IDF spokesman Lt.-Col. Peter Lerner said.

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