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Israeli civilian fatally shoots suspected Palestinian assailant in West Bank settlement

Palestinians run during clashes with Israeli forces in the West Bank city of Nablus. AP file

An Israeli civilian killed a suspected Palestinian assailant on Friday following an attempted stabbing attack in a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank, according to the Israeli military.

The Palestinian Health Ministry said a Palestinian was killed “by (Israeli) occupation fire” in the southern West Bank, but did not name the victim.

The military reported an “infiltration” into the Teneh Omarim community in south Hebron in a terse statement, saying a “terrorist attempted to stab a civilian” before being “neutralized”.

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According to the IDF, no Israelis were injured.

According to an army official, the alleged attacker was shot dead by a civilian.

It was unclear whether this person was the intended victim of the alleged stabbing incident.

Israel has occupied the West Bank since the 1967 Six-Day War. Excluding Israel’s annexed East Jerusalem, it is home to some three million Palestinians.

Around 490,000 Israelis live in the occupied territory in settlements deemed illegal under international law.

Since the beginning of the year, at least 154 Palestinians, 20 Israelis, a Ukrainian and an Italian have been killed in violence linked to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, according to an AFP tally compiled from official sources on both sides .

They include, on the Palestinian side, combatants and civilians, and on the Israeli side mainly civilians and three members of the Arab minority.

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