Knife-wielding Palestinian shot in West Bank

Knife-wielding Palestinian shot in West Bank

A Palestinian man wielding a knife was shot during an attempted stabbing attack at a West Bank checkpoint.

The man got out of a taxi close to a military post near the city of Nablus and began running toward officers with a knife, according to police spokeswoman Luba Samri.

The Palestinian health ministry identified the assailant as 51-year-old Samir Seresi. He was reportedly shot dead.

Another Palestinian, Yehya Taha, 21, was killed in clashes with Israeli troops in the West Bank, officials said.

Since mid-September, 19 Israelis have been killed in Palestinian attacks, mostly stabbings and shootings. At least 92 Palestinians have died, including 58 said by Israel to be attackers.

Israel says the unrest stems from incitement by Palestinians, whilst the Palestinians accuse Israel of using excessive force in suppressing violence.

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