“When they identified a man acting suspiciously they approached the individual and asked for his ID card, but took safety precautions at the same time by keeping a safe distance from him, which saved their lives when he pulled a knife and charged them”, Rosenfeld said.
Israeli forces have shot dead two Palestinians at the Huwara checkpoint as violence continues in the occupied West Bank.
Earlier in the day, a Palestinian stabbed and wounded a soldier near Jerusalem’s main bus station.
On Christmas Eve, four Palestinians were killed by the IOF fire in different occasions: Wisam abu Ghwaila, 22, from Qalandiya, Eiad Jamal Issa Ideis, 25, from Hebron-district city of Yatta, Muhammad Zahran Abdul-Halim Zahran, 22, from Salfit-district village of Kafr Ad Dik and Belal Zayed, 23, also from Qalandiya.
The Israeli military, while confirming the incident, said that one Israeli soldier was injured. The troops then opened fire at the attackers, killing them and moderately wounding another soldier who was caught in the crossfire.
Three Israeli soldiers were wounded in stabbing attacks in Jerusalem and the West Bank, and two Palestinian assailants were killed.
Her family, however, denied the Israeli allegations and said she was killed in cold blood, without posing a threat to the Israeli soldiers.
According to the Palestinian health ministry, 141 Palestinians have been killed since near-daily attacks and clashes began in October.
“A private security guard who saw the event overpowered the terrorist until police arrived at the scene”.
On Saturday afternoon, the security forces used anti-riot measures to disperse a protest of some 150 Palestinians in the Old City area (pictured above). Palestinians say the violence stems from frustration over almost five decades of Israeli military rule.
The latest round of US-brokered peace talks collapsed in April 2014.
Israeli leaders says Islamist groups who call for the destruction of Israel have played a major role in inciting the recent violence.