Tuesday 27 September 2016

Palestinian stabs Israeli before being shot by officers

Published 02/11/2015 | 08:26

Israeli border police run during clashes with Palestinian students in Abu Dis, West Bank (AP)
Israeli border police run during clashes with Palestinian students in Abu Dis, West Bank (AP)
Israeli troops at the scene of a stabbing attempt east of the West Bank city of Hebron (AP)

A Palestinian has stabbed and wounded a 70-year-old man in northern Israel before being shot by officers.

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The incident happened just hours after another Palestinian knifed several people, including an 80-year-old woman, in a stabbing spree near Tel Aviv, the latest attacks in more than a month of violence.

Earlier Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian who they say tried to stab a soldier in the West Bank.

A Palestinian stabbed and wounded a 70-year-old Israeli man, seriously wounding him as he walked down the street in the northern city of Netanya, police said before he was shot and wounded by police.

Israeli police said a Palestinian stabbed an 80-year-old woman in the back on a street in Rishon Lezion near Tel Aviv on Monday afternoon and then stabbed a man in the chest before continuing to run down the street and carrying out another attack.

Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said that after stabbing the first two Israelis, the Palestinian, a 19-year-old from the West Bank city of Hebron, tried to enter a clothing shop but a woman in the store slammed a door on him.

The Palestinian then went into a cosmetics store and stabbed another man. Bystanders managed to tackle and apprehend the attacker. Police then arrived on motorcycles and detained him.

Yitzhak Scharf of Assaf HaRofeh Medical Centre said that 80-year-old woman was stabbed in the back and waist and sustained damage to blood vessels and fractured her hip.

A 40-year-old man was stabbed multiple times in the chest. Another person was lightly wounded he said.

The military said the earlier incident in the West Bank was the third attempted stabbing near the checkpoint between the West Bank and Israel in recent weeks.

After soldiers approached two Palestinians at a petrol station, one attempted to stab a soldier with a knife before the soldiers shot him, the army said.

Forces treated the wounded Palestinian at the scene, the army said, but he died of his wounds. Palestinian officials said he was 16 years old. The other Palestinian was arrested. The official Palestinian news agency Wafa said he was wounded in the incident.

Video later emerged of a Palestinian smashing a female tour guide over the head with a bottle and then running away outside Jerusalem's Old City. Police said they later apprehended the Palestinian.

A series of Palestinian attacks linked to tensions over a sensitive Jerusalem holy site began in mid-September. In addition to the near-daily attacks, violent demonstrations have erupted in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, with Palestinian stone-throwers clashing with Israeli troops.

Eleven Israelis have been killed in Palestinian attacks, mostly stabbings. Sixty-nine Palestinians have died by Israeli fire, including 43 who Israel says were involved in attacks or attempted attacks.

Israel says the outburst of violence is the result of Palestinian incitement. Palestinians say the violence stems from a lack of hope for gaining independence after years of failed peace efforts.

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