Two Israelis stabbed at West Bank checkpoint

Two Israelis stabbed at West Bank checkpoint
Israeli police claim a civilian guard shot a Palestinian boy accused of a stabbing attack at a military checkpoint between Jerusalem and the West Bank.
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Israeli forces secure the site of a stabbing attack at a checkpoint, west of Bethlehem, West Bank [Getty]

A 15-year-old Palestinian boy riding a bicycle allegedly stabbed two Israeli security personnel at a checkpoint in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday before he was shot dead, according to Israeli police forces. 

The attack occurred at around 8:15 am (0615 GMT) at the Tunnels checkpoint south of Jerusalem when the teenager arrived on a bicycle, the force said in a statement.

"When security forces at the crossing attempted to check him, the [Palestinian teenager] drew a knife and began stabbing the forces present at the scene," the police said.

"An armed civilian guard immediately engaged with the [Palestinian teenager], and simultaneously IDF [Israeli forces] forces at the location responded with precise gunfire neutralising the terrorist."

A female soldier and a civilian armed guard were wounded in the stabbing, the police said, adding their injuries were "mild to moderate".

Police later pronounced the attacker dead.

Palestinian official news agency Wafa reported that the Palestinian teenager was "left to bleed until he died" by security forces at the checkpoint.

The knife attack comes a day after a 13-year-old Palestinian boy was killed after being shot by Israeli border police at a refugee camp in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem.

Rami Hamdan al-Halhuli, 13, suffered a fatal gunshot wound, after Israeli forces raided the Shuafat refugee camp and claimed the child had aimed fireworks at them.

Hundreds of extra police have been storming the Old City of east Jerusalem since the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan began on Monday.