On Thursday, Israeli soldiers killed a Palestinian security officer near Hares village, west of Salfit in the central West Bank.

The Palestinian Health Ministry said the soldiers killed Ahmad Yacoub Taha, 39, from Bidiya town, west of Salfit.

The Health Ministry added that the slain man was an officer with the Palestinian National Security Forces.

Israeli sources claimed the Palestinian was shot after “attempting to stab soldiers and officer at the Gitai Junction before he was neutralized at the scene.”

A video from the scene shows an Israeli officer ordering Taha to step out of his car, and once he stepped out, he reached for his wallet before many soldiers started firing at him.

The man did not appear to be armed or carrying a knife and was trying to get his ID card to show it to the soldiers.

After killing him, the soldiers closed the entire area to Palestinian traffic and forced the Palestinians to leave.

Taha’s killing is similar to how undercover Israeli soldiers executed Nidal Amin Khazem, 28, at point-blank after he was already shot and seriously injured on March 16, 2023, in Jenin, in the northern West Bank.

It is similar to how the soldiers killed Ahmad Hasan Kahla, 45, on January 15, 2023, underneath the Yabroud Bridge, east of Ramallah in the central West Bank. Khala was a married father of five children and was with his oldest son, Qussai, 20, when he was killed.

On Monday, April 24, a paramilitary Israeli colonizer killed Hatem As’ad Abu Najma, 39, a married father of five from Beit Safafa town, south of occupied Jerusalem, after he reportedly injured seven Israelis in what the army called a ramming attack in occupied Jerusalem.

Earlier that day, Israeli soldiers invaded the Aqabat Jaber refugee camp in Jericho city in the northeastern West Bank, killed Suleiman Ayesh Hussin Oweid, 20, before taking his corpse away, injured three, and abducted three others, including two siblings.