An Israeli soldier shot dead a Palestinian suspected of attempting to attack troops in the West Bank, according to the IDF.
The military said in a statement “an armed assailant with three knives attached to a stick” attempted to attack soldiers on Sunday at a crossroads in the West Bank south of Bethlehem. No soldiers were injured.
A video shared on social media showed a man in a gray sweatshirt walking along a highway. He appeared to remove something from his clothes and started running towards a soldier. The soldier appeared to fire his gun and the man collapsed.
The military shared a photo of the suspected weapon, which looked like a cluster of knives stuck to the handle of a broom.
Last week, an Israeli soldier shot and killed a 17-year-old Palestinian who allegedly attacked troops with a knife in the northern West Bank.
Palestinian and Israeli rights groups have accused Israel of using excessive force in some cases and of killing suspected assailants who could have been apprehended.
Israel has occupied the West Bank since the 1967 war.
There are currently around 475,000 Jewish settlers in the West Bank living in communities considered illegal under international law, amid around 2.8 million Palestinians.