Israeli soldiers Thursday killed a 17-year-old from Bani Naim town east of Hebron under the pretext of carrying out a stabbing attack in an illegal Israeli settlement on the outskirts of Hebron south of the West Bank.
Security sources told WAFA that armed Israeli soldiers opened fire at Mohammad Mahmoud Tarayra for allegedly stabbing an Israeli settler.
According to Israeli army sources a Palestinian entered the illegal Israeli settlement and stabbed an Israeli girl, who was later identified as 13-year-old Hallel Yafa Ariel, in her bedroom.
The spokesperson told Maan that Tarayra was then shot and killed, and that two settlers had been wounded and transferred to a hospital.
The girl had suffered from serious stab wounds and died in the hospital after being admitted in a “very severe and dangerous condition” and resuscitation efforts failed.
Following the incident, the Israeli army closed the entrance to Bani Naim and surrounded the house of Tarayra. The teenager’s father was detained and his brothers were handed notices to appear before the Israeli intelligence.
Local sources told WAFA Israeli forces raided the town and set up checkpoints at the entrances to nearby towns east of Hebron.
Since October 2015, more than 220 Palestinians were killed by Israeli armed forces mainly under the pretext of involvement in attempted stabbings or hit and run attacks.
Israeli and international human rights groups repeatedly denounced Israel’s shoot-to-kill policy by Israeli forces, which resulted in the death of many Palestinians who did not constitute a threat or who could have been apprehended without the use of lethal force.