The Palestinian health ministry said an Israeli soldier killed a Palestinian in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday, and the army said he approached troops with an iron bar in his hand.
According to some locals, the man killed at the entrance to Beita village near Nablus was a 41-year-old plumber who was on his way home from work when he was shot. According to the locals, there were no disturbances at the time.
An Israeli military spokeswoman said the Palestinian, carrying an iron bar, had “advanced rapidly” toward troops despite them firing warning shots in the air.
“When the suspect continued advancing, the commander fired toward the suspect,” she said, adding that the incident would be investigated.
The West Bank is among territories where Palestinians seek statehood. Violence has simmered there since U.S.-sponsored talks between the Palestinians and Israel broke down in 2014.