A young Palestinian man was shot dead by the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Saturday morning after allegedly attempting to stab an Israeli soldier near the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron on Saturday morning, local sources report.
According to the Israeli media, the Palestinian man, a resident of Hebron, arrived at the Abu al-Rish military checkpoint at the entrance to Kiryat Arba illegal settelement, and when an Israeli soldier asked him to identify himself he pulled out a knife and stabbed one of the Israeli soldiers with it.
After shooting the minor, the IOF left him bleeding to death while an ambulance arrived on the scene to treat an Israeli soldier who was lightly injured with stab wounds on his upper body.
Witnesses said to local reporters that the Israeli soldiers “showered” the minor with bullets, adding that the IOF had closed all entrances to the Ibrahimi mosque.
The Israeli commander at the military checkpoint praised his unit’s reaction.
“We are witness to repeated attempts to harm civilians and security forces personnel who secure the Hebron area. The alertness of the forces and their professional and rapid reaction prevented attacks on others, and brought the event to a conclusion with only minor wounds,” the Israeli commander said.
According to local sources, the young Palestinian was identify as 18-year-old Abdullah Muhammad al-Ajlouni.
On Monday this week the IOF have shot dead three Palestinian youths in two separate shootings, claiming they intended to carry operatives also at the entrance of Kiryat Arba illegal settlement near Hebron.
The Palestinian Ministry of Health confirmed that the three have passed away. They were identified as Qassem Jaber (31), Naim Al-Junaidi (22) and Youssef Tarayra (18).
According to the Palestinian Red Crescent team, the IOF prevented their paramedics from approaching any of the wounded Palestinians, leading to their death.
The current tension situation is ongoing since October first 2015, due to repetitive Israeli settler attacks on Al-Aqsa mosque, the third holiest place in Islam, and Israeli restrictions over Palestinian entrance, in addition to the Duma arson attack which killed a baby and his parents on July, 31.
Moreover, the IOF has been criticized internationally in recent months for its ‘preemptive shootings’ of Palestinians alleged to be holding knives.
In addition several of the incidents in which the IOF has claimed that they were ‘attacked’ have proven to be false.
Since then, at least 200 Palestinians have been killed. More than 15,000 Palestinians have been injured by IOF live ammunition, rubber-coated metal bullets and teargas.
Some 30 settlers were killed on the Israeli side in Palestinian operatives.