Palestinian man threatening Israeli 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.

On Sunday, after parking a car at the Hawara checkpoint near Nablus, he exited the vehicle and ran toward the nearby soldiers while brandishing a knife, Palestinian witnesses told the Palestinian Maan news agency. The soldiers shot and killed the man, who was 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 and it would investigate the incident.

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

The woman was carrying a green scarf with the logo of the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas.

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