An Israeli civilian was shot dead on Saturday at a settler farm in the occupied West Bank after an attempted stabbing, the army said, the latest incident as violence in the area escalates.
An attacker tried to stab an Israeli civilian with a knife during the “attempted stabbing” at Sde Efraim farm northwest of Ramallah, it said.
“The terrorist was neutralized,” the army added, confirming to UKTN that a civilian had shot and killed the Palestinian.
No one else was injured in the incident, the army statement said.
An UKTN photographer saw Israeli troops blocking a Palestinian ambulance from entering the site.
The Palestinian Health Ministry said 42-year-old Tariq Maali was killed “after the occupation (Israel) opened fire on him” near the Palestinian village of Kafr Nama.
According to the Israeli anti-settlement movement Peace Now, the farm is known as a wild settlement, an outpost not recognized by Israel.
All settlements are considered illegal under international law, which Israel disputes.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plans to pursue a policy of more settlement expansion in the West Bank, and ultra-Orthodox Jewish parties in his coalition are advocating the annexation of part of the territory.
The shooting brings the number of Palestinians killed in the West Bank so far this month to 18, according to an UKTN tally that includes both militants and civilians.
The December inauguration of the most right-wing government in Israel’s history, led by Netanyahu, has sparked fears of a military escalation in the Palestinian territory occupied by Israel since the 1967 Six-Day War.
The majority of the 18 Palestinians killed this year were shot by Israeli forces.
Violence this month adds to a toll that killed more than 150 Palestinians in the West Bank last year, the highest annual toll since United Nations records began in 2005.
At least 26 Israelis and 200 Palestinians were killed throughout Israel and the Palestinian territories by 2022, according to UKTN figures.
The Palestinian Health Ministry has not provided further details on the circumstances surrounding the latest incident, which comes nearly two years after a guard shot and killed another Palestinian man at the same location.
In that February 2021 case, the Israeli army said the man was trying to break into a home that a Palestinian official said was built on his land.