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Israeli troops shoot dead Palestinian in West Bank over alleged stabbing attack

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Israeli forces gather near the Tapuah junction, also known as the Za'atara junction, south of the city of Nablus in the occupied West Bank, October 19, 2016. (Photo by AFP)

Israeli forces have shot dead another Palestinian north of the occupied West Bank, claiming that he was trying to carry out a stabbing attack on their soldiers.

The 18-year-old man was gunned down near a military checkpoint, south of Nablus on Thursday.

The Israeli army claimed that its forces opened fire at the young man as he was trying to stab them with a knife.

Thursday’s killing brings to 266 the number of Palestinians killed by the Israeli troops in the so-called stabbing attacks since October 2015.

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 regime 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.

The developments come at a time of heightened tensions between Israeli forces and Palestinian protesters.

The occupied territories have witnessed increased tensions ever since Israeli forces imposed restrictions on the entry of Palestinian worshipers into the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East Jerusalem al-Quds in August 2015.

In another development, at least 24 Palestinians were arrested overnight by the Israeli security forces across the West Bank.

They were taken away from the cities of Jenin, Nablus, Tulkarm and al-Khalil as well as the Qalandiyah refugee camp.

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