Palestinian killed in thwarted stabbing attack during arrest raid in West Bank

IDF says others in village hurled explosives, shot at the soldiers; Four suspects detained for questioning

A Palestinian man was shot, and later died of his wounds, after attempting to stab Israeli soldiers during an overnight operation to arrest wanted suspects in the West Bank, the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) said Tuesday.

A military statement said that no soldiers were injured in the incident in Far'a, northeast of the city of Nablus.

The Palestinian man, identified by Palestinian media reports as 32-year-old Muhammad a-Salahi, charged at soldiers from the IDF's elite Duvdevan unit and did not respond to troops' calls to stop, the military said in a statement.

"An assailant, armed with a knife attempted to stab soldiers on operational activity to arrest suspects," the English-language statement said.

"Forces called the attacker to halt and, upon his continued advance, fired toward him, resulting in his death."

The statement added that others in the village hurled explosives and shot at the soldiers.

Israel's Walla news site said that a-Salahi had previously served time in an Israeli prison.

Four other Palestinian suspects were arrested during the operation and detained for questioning, the Ynet news site reports.

Since October 2015, 248 Palestinians, 40 Israelis, two Americans, a Jordanian, an Eritrean and a Sudanese have been killed, according to an AFP count.

Most of the Palestinians killed were carrying out attacks, according to Israeli authorities. Others were shot dead during protests or clashes, while some died in Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip.

The incident in Far'a comes less than 48 hours after a Palestinian rammed a truck into a crowd of IDF soldiers visiting a Jerusalem tourist site, killing four, in a stark reminder of tensions despite a recent lull in violence.

The attacker was shot dead at the scene.

(Staff with agencies)

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