Israeli Forces Gun Down Palestinian after Alleged Stabbing Attack in Hebron

HEBRON, January 5, 2016 (WAFA) – Israeli forces Tuesday shot dead an unidentified Palestinian following an alleged stabbing attack in Gush Etzion, north of Hebron, in the occupied West Bank.

Israeli media reported that a Palestinian was shot dead after he allegedly stabbed and lightly wounded an Israeli soldier serving in reserve duty at Gush Etzion Junction.

Israeli paramedics arrived at the scene and treated the soldier, 34,  before evacuating him to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem.

Haaretz reported that the [alleged] Palestinian “assailant” got out of a vehicle at the junction, approached a group of reserve soldiers who were stationed there, and stabbed one of them in the face and hand. The soldiers opened fire on the “assailant”, killing him on the spot.

Israeli military was reported as saying that soldiers may have also struck a civilian when shooting at the assailant.

Following the alleged stabbing attack, WAFA correspondent reported that soldiers cordoned the area off, causing a traffic jam.

They also denied access of paramedics to the scene to provide the alleged Palestinian “assailant” with first aid, leaving him to bleed to death.

The Gush Etzion junction has been the site of several attacks, either alleged or confirmed, since the spiraling violence engulfed the occupied Palestinian Territory, Gaza, and Israel in early October 2015.