A Palestinian youth was shoot and killed on Thursday morning by Israeli troops manning a military checkpoint in northern West Bank.

Mohamed Harb, 19, from the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia, was killed by Israeli soldiers at the Za’tarra checkpoint, separating northern from central West Bank.

According to the Israeli army, troops used lethal force as Harb was about to attack soldiers with knife. Eyewitnesses and some photos taken by passing by cars show Harb being held by soldiers at gunpoint and creating no threat to the troops at the checkpoint.

Following the attack Israeli troops closed the area and did not allow Palestinians to move.

Since October 2015 242 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli gunfire, most of them under claims of attacking soldiers, five of whom were killed by soldiers at Za’tarra, the Palestinian MAAN news reported.