Israeli forces kill knife-wielding Palestinian girl: police

January 30, 2019

RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) – Israeli forces shot dead a 16-year-old Palestinian girl who tried to carry out a stabbing attack at a checkpoint between the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem on Wednesday, police said.

Palestinian officials identified the dead girl as a resident of the Palestinian city of Ramallah.

There have been sporadic Palestinian street attacks on Israelis since U.S-brokered peace talks broke down in 2014.

Palestinians say assailants lash out in frustration at Israeli restrictions. Israel says the attacks are fueled by incitement and sometimes motivated by assailants’ personal problems.

Yoram Halevi, Israel’s Jerusalem police chief, said the Palestinian girl “whipped out a knife and tried to stab” security staff at al-Zaim checkpoint, and was shot.

(Writing by Rami Ayyub, Reporting by Ali Sawafta and Maayan Lubell, Editing by Catherine Evans)