JERUSALEM, Feb 1, (Agencies): Israeli soldiers shot dead a Palestinian who tried to stab them in the occupied West Bank on Monday, the military said, the latest in a months-long wave of Palestinian attacks that shows little sign of abating.
The Palestinian had infiltrated a security fence near the Israeli settlement Salit, the military said. When soldiers responded at the scene, he drew a knife and tried to stab them, it said. No Israelis were injured. A campaign of stabbings, shootings and car-rammings by Palestinians has killed 26 Israelis and a US citizen since the start of October. Israeli forces have killed at least 153 Palestinians, 99 of them assailants according to authorities.
Most of the others have died in violent protests. The surge in attacks has been partly fueled by Palestinian frustration over the collapse of US-sponsored peace talks in 2014, the growth of Jewish settlements on land they seek for a future state and Islamist calls for the destruction of Israel. “(Soldiers) identified a suspect infiltrating the security fence near the community of Salit, east of Kfar Saba,” an army statement said. “When forces arrived at the scene the assailant drew a knife and attempted to stab the soldiers. “Responding to the imminent threat, the force fired towards the attacker, resulting in his death.” A Palestinian security source named the assailant as Ahmed Toba, 17, from a village in the northern West Bank. Salit settlement, south of the city of Tulkarem, is situated close to Israeli territory.