Palestinian shot dead at border

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Israeli troops have shot dead a Palestinian who tried to stab one of them in the West Bank.

A man brandishing a knife was killed by Border Police officers after he ignored their calls to stop at a checkpoint near Jerusalem. He was the second Palestinian to be killed in the West Bank in two days.

But the dead man’s father insisted that he had simply been attempting to get out of his car after being stopped.

On Thursday, a man was shot by Israeli troops after firing an “improvised weapon” – thought to be a firework or a flare gun – at a checkpoint near the northern West Bank city of Nablus, Israeli police said. The dead man was identified as Bashar Habanin, a 29-year-old from the village of Mirka, near Jenin.

 

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