Tuesday 6 December 2016

Four die in latest round of violent attacks by Palestinians

Ian Deitch

Published 23/11/2015 | 02:30

Palestinians carry the body of a man who was killed by Israeli security forces following attempted stabbing attacks, while others wave a knife and flags of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine
Palestinians carry the body of a man who was killed by Israeli security forces following attempted stabbing attacks, while others wave a knife and flags of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine

A young Israeli woman was stabbed to death by a Palestinian who was then killed by Israeli security forces in the latest flare-up of violence ahead of a visit by US Secretary of State John Kerry.

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Two other Palestinian attackers were killed in separate incidents yesterday.

The 21-year-old Israeli woman was seriously wounded and later died when a Palestinian attacked her with a knife in the West Bank before being shot and killed by soldiers nearby, the military said.

Dr Ofer Merin of the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem said "the young woman was stabbed numerous times in the head, chest and the area of the heart."

In an earlier attack, the military said a woman pulled out a knife at the entrance to a military base and began approaching civilians. A local West Bank settler leader, Gershon Mesika, said he veered off the road and struck the woman with his vehicle. A soldier then fired at her and killed her.

Elsewhere in the West Bank, a Palestinian driving a taxi cab tried to run over Israelis east of Jerusalem. After crashing his car, he emerged with a knife and tried to stab people, but was shot dead by a bystander before he could harm anyone. Israeli politicians have encouraged licensed gun owners to carry their weapons during the latest wave of unrest.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised citizens for being on "maximum alert." "I must say that we are showing such awareness, with considerable resourcefulness and courage."

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