A Palestinian youth was shot dead Saturday evening allegedly after stabbing an Israeli soldier in Nablus, northern occupied West Bank. Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) showered Rafiq Taj (21) with bullets at the Beta Junction, south of Huwara. He was hit by five of them all over his body.
IOF said that “an assailant stabbed a Border Police officer, and forces on scene responded immediately, shooting him,” AFP reported.
The stabbed soldier sustained light injuries.
Abdel Halim Ja’afreh, head of the Red Crescent in Nablus, told AFP the youth died of his wounds.
“He was critically wounded by five bullets: we tried to save him but could not,” he said.
President Mahmoud Abbas condemned the crime, noting the “dangerous escalation” in the form of “daily killing with no end,” and in a statement called on the international community not to remain silent.
Last Sunday, IOF shot dead a Palestinian who stabbed and lightly injured an Israeli settler at a petrol station near Ramallah.
Tensions have soared in the West Bank in recent weeks in the wake of the deadly firebombing of a Palestinian home, attributed to Jewish Israeli extremists.
An 18-month-old boy was burned to death in the July 31 arson attack in the West Bank village of Duma and days later his father died in hospital from horrific burns over 80 percent of his body.