AFP
Last updated: 7 November, 2013

Palestinian killed by Israeli forces in West Bank

A Palestinian man was shot dead Thursday by Israeli forces after attacking Israelis with fireworks at a junction south of the West Bank city of Nablus, Israeli police said.

The man “opened fire with large fireworks in the direction of the junction where (Israeli) people stood,” spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP.

“Security personnel at the scene fired a number of shots at the suspect. He was pronounced dead at the scene,” he said.

A statement from the Israeli army said that “a Palestinian opened fire at a civilian bus stop at Tapuah Junction near Ariel, using an improvised weapon.”

“In order to prevent casualties, IDF (Israel Defence Forces) soldiers in the area opened fire towards the terrorist. A hit was identified,” read the statement.

A police statement said sappers were checking the body to see if there were explosives on it.

Palestinian security officials said Israel had notified them of the incident, but had no details on the man’s identity.