Israeli forces shoot dead Palestinian at West Bank checkpoint

Israel’s defense ministry said a Palestinian man ran toward a checkpoint between Israel and the central West Bank city of Tulkarem ‘with a knife in hand’. (Getty Images)
Updated 18 October 2019

Israeli forces shoot dead Palestinian at West Bank checkpoint

  • Man ran toward Israeli forces with a knife near a military checkpoint in the occupied West Bank
  • The West Bank has seen simmering violence since US-sponsored peace talks with Israel broke down in 2014

JERUSALEM: Israeli forces shot a Palestinian who ran toward them with a knife near a military checkpoint in the occupied West Bank on Friday, Israel’s defense ministry said, and Palestinian officials said he died of his injury.
Israel’s defense ministry said a Palestinian man ran toward a checkpoint between Israel and the central West Bank city of Tulkarem “with a knife in hand, with the apparent intention of attacking security personnel.”
The ministry said in a statement that one of the forces called on the attacker to stop, “and upon his failure to do so ... fired toward and neutralized” him.
The Palestinian health ministry identified the individual as a Palestinian national and said he had died of his injuries. Palestinian officials did not immediately provide further details.
Israel’s defense ministry circulated a photo of what it said was the scene of the incident. A black plastic sheet, which ministry spokeswoman Betty Ilovici said was laid over the Palestinian’s body, could be seen against the roadside with the checkpoint meters away in the background.
The West Bank has seen simmering violence since US-sponsored peace talks with Israel broke down in 2014.
Israel captured the West Bank in the 1967 Middle East war. Palestinians seek to establish a state there and in the Gaza Strip, with East Jerusalem as its capital.


Algeria to ease coronavirus restrictions on Sunday

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Algeria to ease coronavirus restrictions on Sunday

  • The North African country has so far reported 9,831 cases of the novel coronavirus, with 681 deaths

ALGIERS: Algeria will resume some economic activities and allow a number of businesses to reopen from Sunday as part of a plan to end the coronavirus lockdown, the prime minister's office said on Thursday.
It said the government would allow the construction and public works sector to resume activity to help ease the impact of the coronavirus-linked restrictions imposed in March.
The government will also permit the reopening of businesses such as home appliances, vegetable and fruit markets, pastries and men's barbershops.
The second stage of the lockdown relaxation will start on June 14, allowing more businesses to resume, the government said, without giving details.
“The success of the plan to resume economic activity remains dependent on the ability of merchants and operators to ensure the safety of their employees and customers,” the prime minister's office said.
The North African country has so far reported 9,831 cases of the novel coronavirus, with 681 deaths.