Palestinian Shot Dead After Alleged Stabbing

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A Palestinian has been shot and killed after he and another Palestinian allegedly stabbed an Israeli at a bus stop west of Jerusalem. Aljazeera reports:

Israeli police said on Thursday that two suspects attempted to get on a children’s school bus in Beit Shemesh, a majority ultra-orthodox area. After they were asked why they were doing so, they attempted to stab an Israeli at the bus stop at which point they were shot by the police, witnesses said. The Israeli, a 25-year-old man, was moderately injured, police said.

They were both taken to hospital, and Israeli police confirmed that one of the suspects died of his wounds. The second suspect was in a critical condition, a hospital spokesperson said. The two suspects were identified as two 20-year-old men from Sourif, northwest of Hebron in the occupied West Bank.

Since October 1, 52 Palestinians – including suspected attackers, unarmed demonstrators and bystanders – have been killed by Israeli soldiers or settlers, while eight Israelis have been killed in Palestinian attacks.

Israeli forces have been accused of using excessive force against protesters and suspected attackers. Rights groups say Israeli forces have been using“disproportionate violence” against Palestinian children as at least 10 have been killed this month..

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