Palestinian girl, 13, shot dead after trying to stab Israeli guard – police

Israeli police say a Palestinian teenager has been shot dead after trying to stab an Israeli security guard.

NEAR JEWISH SETTLEMENT OF ANATOT, WEST BANK (JANUARY 23, 2016) (REUTERS) – A 13-year-old Palestinian girl tried to stab an Israeli security guard at a settlement in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and was then shot dead by him, Israeli police said on Saturday (January 23).

It was the latest fatality in an almost four-month long surge of violence that has raised concern of wider escalation, a decade after the last Palestinian uprising subsided, and it followed two stabbings this week inside settlements carried out by Palestinian teenagers, according to Israeli authorities.

A police spokeswoman said that the teen shot dead on Saturday “had fought with her family and left her home with a knife and intending to die”.

Holding a knife, she ran towards the security guard at the entrance to Anatot settlement and he opened fire at her, the spokeswoman said. Her father arrived at the scene shortly after the incident and was arrested, she added.

Other members of her family could not immediately be reached for comment.

Since the start of October, Israeli forces have killed at least 149 Palestinians, 95 of them assailants according to authorities. Most the others have died in violent protests. Almost daily stabbings, shootings and car-ramming attacks by Palestinians have killed 25 Israelis and a U.S. citizen.

Many of the Palestinian assailants have been teenagers.