Palestinian killed after alleged attack attempt on security guard

10:00 Oct 31 2015 al-Jalama checkpoint

Palestinian killed after alleged attack attempt on security guard Palestinian killed after alleged attack attempt on security guard Palestinian killed after alleged attack attempt on security guard
JENIN (Ma’an) -- A Palestinian was shot dead Saturday after an alleged attack attempt on an Israeli security guard at the al-Jalama military checkpoint north of Jenin in the occupied West Bank, the Israeli army and media said.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that "the Palestinian attempted to stab security personnel at the crossing” when “forces responded to the imminent danger and shot the perpetrator.”

Hebrew language news sites and the army confirmed there were no Israeli injuries.

Local sources identified the Palestinian as Mahmoud Talal Mahmoud Nazzal, 18, from the town of Qabatiya south of Jenin.

His body was delivered to the Palestinian Red Crescent before being transferred to Talal Suleiman Public Hospital.

Israeli authorities subsequently closed the al-Jalama checkpoint in both directions, according to Israeli media reports.

Nearly 70 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces this month during demonstrations and after attempted, alleged, and actual attacks on Israeli military or civilians.

At least nine Israelis have been killed in attacks by Palestinians during the same time period.

While the majority of attacks have taken place in Hebron and Jerusalem, last week Ahmad Muhammad Said Kamil, 16, was killed at the al-Jalama crossing after Israeli security guards said he attempted an attack.

Eyewitnesses told Ma'an at the time that "there were no stabbing attempts" when Israeli forces opened fire at the youth.

On Friday, Qassem Mahmoud Sabaneh was shot dead after an alleged attack on an Israeli border policeman in Nablus, and Ahmad Hamada Qneibi, 23, died from his injuries hours after attacking and injuring an Israeli in occupied East Jerusalem.

An eight-month-old Palestinian baby also died Friday after inhaling tear gas when clashes broke out in Beit Fajjar village south of Bethlehem.

While Palestinian and Israeli leadership have made efforts to deter violence across the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel, near-daily attacks by both sides continue to take place.

International leadership has pointed to the decades-long Israeli military occupation as the root cause of the violence with US Secretary of State John Kerry earlier this week referring to the current situation as “unsustainable.”
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