Israeli occupation forces killed Palestinian near Tulkarem

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Israeli forces have shot dead a Palestinian over an alleged stabbing attempt in the occupied West Bank in yet another act of violence against Palestinians.

The incident took place at a checkpoint near the city of Tulkarem on Tuesday.

Local people later identified the victim as Nidal Daoud Mahdawi, 44.

Witnesses told the Palestinian Ma’an news agency that Mahdawi approached the checkpoint, but gunshots were heard and the man was seen falling to the ground.

The Israeli army claimed in a statement that an assailant, who was “armed with a knife, attempted to stab an [Israeli] soldier,” and the Israeli forces “fired towards the attacker, resulting in his death.”

Meanwhile, an Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that no Israelis were injured in the incident.

According to Ma’an news agency, Mahdawi is the fifth Palestinian to have been killed by Israeli forces in 2017.

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