Since 2015, Palestinians have killed 48 Israelis, two visiting Americans and a British tourist in stabbings, shooting and car-ramming attacks.
Israeli police on Sunday arrested the brother of a Palestinian teenager who tried to attack an Israeli border guard in the West Bank with a knife on Saturday, the Times of Israel reported. The terrorist, a 17-year-old Palestinian, was neutralized by the soldiers on patrol.
A photo of the Palestinian, named by local sources as Qutayba Ziad Zahran from the Tulkarm governorate, later circulated on social media. The barrier's opponents among the Palestinians, in turn, call it a manifestation of racial segregation and claim that by the construction of the barrier Israel aims at annexing the Palestinian land under the pretext of security and undermines the Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations by unilaterally establishing new borders.
The soldiers they fired a barrage of bullets, critically wounding Zahran, then leaving him to bleed to death. The guard sustained light wounds as a result of "friendly fire" but he was not stabbed by the teen.
Israeli forces routinely target family members of alleged and actual Palestinian attackers through detentions, home demolitions, revocation of work and travel permits, and other punitive measures regarded as collective punishment by human rights groups. He was shot and killed, police said.
The violence had greatly subsided in recent months, but tension around the highly sensitive al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem saw a spike in July.