Middle East

Israeli troops kill man 'armed with knife'

Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian man after he ran at them with a knife in the Israeli-occupied West Bank yesterday, the military said.

In the walled Old City of Jerusalem, Israeli police said a firebomb was thrown at a police post, damaging the structure in a sacred compound revered by Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and by Jews as the Temple Mount.

Scuffles broke out at the complex between Israeli police and Palestinians.

No serious injuries or damage to holy sites were reported.

The military said a Palestinian, armed with a knife, confronted troops in the West Bank city of Hebron and was shot and killed. It said no soldiers were injured.

The Palestinian higher judicial council identified the dead man as Yasser al-Sweiki (40), and said he worked in a court in Hebron. The council denounced the shooting as “a despicable crime”.

Palestinians began a wave of knife and car-ramming attacks in the West Bank and in Israel in 2015, after peace talks with Israel collapsed.

Tensions in the holy compound in Jerusalem have risen in recent weeks after the site’s Muslim administrators reopened a mosque sealed by Israel during a Palestinian uprising in 2003.

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