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Palestinian shot dead by West Bank settler after allegation of stabbing attempt

By Reuters - Apr 03,2019 - Last updated at Apr 03,2019

Israeli soldiers inspect the site where a Palestinian man was killed after he allegedly tried to stab an Israeli driver at a junction south of Nablus in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday (AFP photo)

NABLUS, West Bank — A Palestinian was shot dead by an Israeli settler on Wednesday in the occupied West Bank. 

The Israeli forces and an Israeli witness claimed that the Palestinian tried to stab settlers with a knife. 

A Palestinian official, however, questioned the Israeli account of the incident at Hawara junction, near Nablus.

A Palestinian security source said initial information that he had indicated the dead man had been trying to cross the road.

The West Bank, among territories where Palestinians seek statehood, has seen surges of street attacks on Israeli settlers and soldiers since US-backed peace talks stalled in 2014. Palestinians say Israel's armed response has been excessive.

Yehoshua Sherman, a West Bank settler, told Israel Radio that he was driving slowly through the intersection with his daughter when a Palestinian “charged at their car”.

"He jumped at me with a knife, trying to open the doors," Sherman said. "I drew my handgun...wound down the window and shot at him from inside the car."

A second motorist also fired at the Palestinian, hitting him, Sherman added. 

The Israeli forces said in a statement: "A terrorist was shot by a civilian and neutralised after he tried to carry out a stabbing attack".

Israel’s Beilinson Hospital said a man admitted with gunshot injuries from the incident died. 

The Palestinian health ministry said a second Palestinian was wounded in the incident, but did not immediately elaborate.

Asked if it knew of another casualty in the incident, the Israeli military said it had nothing to add to its statement. 

Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official in the Nablus governorate, demanded an investigation of the shooting.

“The whole place and street are full of security cameras. The cameras must have filmed everything,” he said. 

Palestinians hope to form an independent state including the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza but an internationally mediated peace process has all but collapsed and Israel has expanded its settlement building.

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