Kristine L Ming

Border Police volunteer shoots, kills Palestinian who tried to attack him

A Border Police volunteer shot to death a Palestinian man in his 20s in Petah Tikva overnight Saturday after the Palestinian tried to attacked him while attempting to escape arrest, the police said.

A paramilitary Border Police unit was searching for Palestinians who did not have a permit to stay in Israel near the Yarkon cemetery in the city when one of them tried to stab a policeman before he suffered a fatal gunshot wound, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.

The Palestinian was critically injured from the shooting and succumbed to his wounds at the hospital.

The Border Police opened an investigation into the shooting.

Some Palestinians from the nearby West Bank who do not have a permit to work in the Jewish state enter illegally looking for work in the more lucrative Israeli job market.

Israeli forces frequently apprehend Palestinians who cross into Israel illegally. Earlier this month, an Israeli soldier was stabbed to death on a bus by a Palestinian who crossed without a permit from the West Bank.

Reuters contributed to this report.

Correction: A previous version of this story stated the Palestinian attacked the Border policeman with an axe. It is unclear whether that is the case.

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