Palestinian shot dead amid latest stabbing incident in Israel


An Israeli security guard shot dead a Palestinian man who had allegedly brandished a knife and tried to stab the guard, according to media reports Saturday.

The latest violence comes as US Secretary of State John Kerry is touring the Middle East, making a push for calm as part of wider diplomat efforts on crises in the region, including Syria.

Kerry met Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Jordan’s King Abdullah in Amman and was due to land in Saudi Arabia in the evening. The US top diplomat arrived from Europe, where he met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Berlin on Thursday

The latest stabbing and shooting incident took place Saturday at a checkpoint near Jenin, in the north of the West Bank, the Israeli Ynet and Palestinian Maan news websites reported.

More than three weeks of unrest between Israelis and Palestinians has left more than 65 people dead. These include 57 Palestinians, eight Israelis and an Eritrean asylum seeker who was mistaken for an attacker and beaten to death by a mob in Israel.

Top diplomats from the United States, Russia, the European Union and United Nations called Friday for Israelis and Palestinians to show restraint and avoid provocations

More than 90 Palestinians were injured Friday in clashes with Israeli security forces after several leading political factions called for a “Day of Rage” in the Palestinian territories.