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Palestinian shot after trying to attack soldiers with axe

Assailant proceeds to approach soldiers in Qalqilya checkpoint despite warning shots; sustains minor wounds

A 29-year-old Palestinian man was shot in his foot on Sunday after trying to assault IDF soldiers with an axe at the Qalandiya checkpoint. He sustained minor wounds. No soldiers were injured.


The soldiers stationed at the checkpoint noticed the man approaching them holding a bag. They ordered him to stop after he pulled out the axe. He nevertheless continued to proceed at which point the soldiers fired warning shots in the air. The Palestinian continued approaching them and was then shot at the foot.


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He was taken to the Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem. His bag was later found to contain maps and papers described as "nationalistic." Police estimate the Palestinian was trying to carry out a terrorist attack and have launched an investigation.


On Saturday, a Palestinian man stabbed a Border Guard officer near the Shufat Refugee Camp in north-east Jerusalem. The officer was lightly injured. The suspect escaped the scene and has yet to be captured.


The incident occurred shortly after a vehicle carrying two Palestinians who were injured while working at the refugee camp arrived at the checkpoint. A Crowd began gathering in the area, during which an officer was stabbed in the neck, most likely with a screwdriver.




פרסום ראשון: 01.22.12, 11:53
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