Palestinian stabs an Israeli Soldier
JERUSALEM: Four attacks on Israelis took place in last 24 hours, the latest attack reported when a Palestinian stabbed an Israeli soldier on Saturday in the flashpoint West Bank city of Hebron before he was shot dead.
According to a military statement, the attacker drew a knife during a routine security check in Hebron’s Tel Rumeida neighbourhood and wounded a soldier.
“In immediate retaliation to threat, forces at the scene shot the assailant, resulting in his death,” the statement revealed.
Three alleged assailants were shot down while carrying out attacks on Israelis on Friday, two in and around occupied Hebron and one in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem.
Another man was killed on Thursday, also in Hebron, after allegedly trying to evade arrest by the Israeli military.
Since October, 228 Palestinians, 34 Israelis, two Americans, one Eritrean and a Sudanese have been killed in ongoing violence, according to an AFP count.
Israeli forces say most of the Palestinians killed were carrying out knife, gun or car-ramming attacks. Others were shot dead during protests and clashes.
The uptick in violence was a reminder of persistent tensions that continue to alarm the international community and came as UN chief Ban Ki-moon warned the two-state solution was “further than ever” from becoming reality.