Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) have shot dead a Palestinian teenager at a military checkpoint south of Nablus, claiming he had attempted a stabbing attack.
The Israeli media said that troops shot dead the Palestinian who allegedly attempted to stab a soldier at Tafuh checkpoint, south of Nablus.
Spokeswoman for Israeli police Luba Simari claimed that an 18-year-old Palestinian refused to stop at the military checkpoint and ignored the soldiers’ orders.
In response, Israeli forces shot at the Palestinian, “resulting in his death,” she added.
The spokeswoman claimed that he was holding a knife in his possession when he was shot.
Eyewitnesses refuted the Israeli story, affirming that the young man has been stopped at the checkpoint and did not make any step towards the soldiers.
Israeli soldiers started mocking him before opening fire at him, the sources added.
The witnesses pointed out that the young man was left bleeding without receiving any medical assistance.
The Palestinian Health Ministry said that an identified young man was shot and killed at Zaatara checkpoint, south of Nablus.
In recent months, Israeli forces have shot and killed a large number of Palestinians across the occupied territories, alleging that they sought to carry out attacks against Israelis.
International rights groups have long been criticizing the Israeli army for its policy of shoot-to-kill, which they say has led to numerous deaths. Many of those killed by Israeli troops at the scene of attacks did not pose serious threats, according to the rights groups.
(Source / 08.12.2016)