- Associated Press - Thursday, December 17, 2015

JERUSALEM (AP) - Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian in the West Bank on Thursday after he charged at them with a knife, the Israeli military said.

Soldiers were conducting “routine security activity” near the West Bank village of Hawara when forces approached a Palestinian to question him, the military said. The man ran toward the soldiers wielding a knife, and soldiers shot and killed him, the army said.

Over the last three months, Palestinians have carried out near-daily attacks on Israelis, killing 19 Israelis and an American Jewish student. At least 116 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire. Israel says 79 were assailants, and the rest were killed in clashes with Israeli forces.

Early Thursday, Israeli forces arrested 17 Palestinian suspects for what it called “illegal activity” in the West Bank.

On Wednesday, the U.S. State Department issued a renewed travel warning to U.S. citizens traveling to Israel, the West Bank and Gaza Strip, noting that in recent months, violence - particularly in Jerusalem and the West Bank - has reached levels “not seen in those areas in a decade.”

It advised U.S. citizens to “be aware of the continuing risks of travel” to the region, though it noted that hundreds of thousands of U.S. citizens safely visit Israel and the West Bank each year. It also advised U.S. citizens to leave Gaza immediately.

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