A Palestinian who shot at Israeli troops near Nablus in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday was killed when soldiers returned fire, Israel’s army said.
“Troops who were at a military post adjacent to the southern exit of the city of Nablus spotted an assailant driving out of the city armed with a pistol who fired at them and responded with fire … The assailant has been neutralized,” a statement said.
An army spokesperson confirmed to AFP that the suspect was killed.
Our troops thwarted a shooting attack near the city of Nablus this morning. An assailant fired at IDF soldiers at a military post as he drove out of the city.
We responded with fire and neutralized the assailant.
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) November 4, 2020
No Israeli soldiers were injured and the suspect has not yet been identified.
Israeli forces, who have occupied the West Bank since 1967, are regularly targeted in the Palestinian territory.
Typically young Palestinians use knives, cars, and — less frequently — guns to attack Israeli troops.