Israeli soldiers have reportedly shot dead an axe-wielding Palestinian assailant, in the occupied West Bank.
Israeli soldiers shot dead an axe-wielding Palestinian assailant on Thursday, the military said, the first such fatal incident in three weeks in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.
Israel has pointed to what it describes as a significant ebb in a wave of Palestinian street attacks that began in October, while cautioning it was too soon to say whether the decline would continue.
Over the past six months, Palestinians have killed 28 Israelis and two US citizens in knife, car-ramming and gun assaults. In recent weeks, these have slowed from near-daily occurrences to more sporadic incidents.
Israeli forces have killed at least 191 Palestinians, 130 of whom Israel says were assailants. Many others were shot dead during clashes and protests since October.
In a statement on Thursday’s incident, the military said a Palestinian man attacked soldiers with an axe near the West Bank city of Hebron, slightly wounding one of them. “Responding to the immediate threat,” the troops shot and killed him, it said.
He was the first Palestinian killed by Israeli forces in the West Bank since two assailants were shot dead after trying to stab soldiers in the town of Hebron on March 24.