Israeli troops are pictured at their position in southern Israel along the border with the Gaza Strip from on May 14, 2021. AFP
Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian man in the occupied West Bank on Friday after he attempted to stab a soldier, the Israeli occupation army and Palestinian health ministry said.
The army said "the assailant arrived in his vehicle to a military post adjacent to the community of Ofra, north of Ramallah, and accelerated" towards a soldier before the attempted stabbing.
It said the alleged assailant had been "neutralised," and that there were no Israelis injured in the attack.
The Palestinian health ministry confirmed the man's death but said nothing about the stabbing a soldier.
He is the fourth Palestinian killed by Israeli in the West Bank since Monday, when a conflict between Israel and Palestinian armed groups in Gaza escalated.
Since early April, the Palestinians have been protesting Israel’s willingness to capture their houses in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in East Jerusalem, that both their predecessors and they have been living in for long decades.
The Palestinians also resorted to contentious politics because they faced violence: Israeli security forces and settlers regularly attack them.
Hamas warned Israel to withdraw its forces from Sheikh Jarrah by 6 pm on 5 May. The Islamist militant group, which rules Gaza, also wanted the release of the Palestinians protesters who were detained during protests in East Jerusalem.
Hamas has launched more than 1,800 rockets towards Israel since last Monday, the Israeli army said.
Israel has responded with heavy air strikes and artillery fire. Nine people have died in Israel from Gaza rockets and 119 people have been killed in Gaza by the Israeli air strikes.