Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told Ma’an that two Palestinians were “apprehended and neutralized” at the Ibrahimi mosque checkpoint in Hebron after carrying out a stabbing attack on a border police officer.
Israeli police spokesperson Luba al-Samri said in a statement in Arabic that border police officers saw two “suspicious” Palestinians approaching the checkpoint and asked them to stop. When the two Palestinian youths continued walking towards them, brandishing knives, the officers opened fire, killing one of them on the scene and critically injuring the other.A spokesperson for the Shaare Zedek hospital in Jerusalem told Ma’an that the second Palestinian arrived at the hospital “almost dead,” and succumbed to his wounds at the hospital despite attempts to resuscitate him. She added that he had sustained several shots in the upper body.The Palestinian Ministry of Health later identified the two as 21-year-old Muhannad Jameel al-Rajabi and 17-year-old Ameer Jamal al-Rajabi from Hebron.After contradictory reports earlier in the day, al-Samri said that a border police officer sustained a light wound on his hand during the altercation.A spokesperson for the Palestinian Red Crescent told Ma’an that one of their ambulances was “denied access” to the scene.The slain youths are the 228th and 229th Palestinians to be killed by Israelis since the beginning of a wave of unrest nearly a year ago across the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel. Some 32 Israelis have been killed by Palestinians during the same time period.
In the wake of this week’s violence, the Israeli army deployed an additional battalion to the Hebron district, while an Israeli army officer vowed strict punitive measures would be would be imposed on Palestinian civilians in the area.