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Four Israelis wounded in two West Bank attacks

Attacks in the occupied West Bank left four Israelis wounded, a Palestinian dead

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Four Israelis were wounded in attacks Wednesday in the occupied West Bank, including a soldier and a civilian stabbed by a Palestinian who was later shot dead, the army said.

The first attack took place in the center of the flashpoint city of Hebron, where one victim was seriously injured and another slightly hurt, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.

The army said one of the victims was a soldier who was stabbed by a Palestinian he had stopped for an identity check.

The stabbed civilian is the son of former Israeli lawmaker Orit Struck of the religious and nationalist Jewish Home party, the politician told Israeli radio.

She said her son was lightly wounded when he lunged at the assailant after the soldier was stabbed.

Palestinian security sources identified the attacker as Abed al-Rahman Maswada, 21.

He was said to be the cousin of another Palestinian attacker shot dead in Hebron on Monday after stabbing an Israeli.

Hebron, in the southern West Bank, has been a flashpoint in more than two months of Palestinian knife, gun and car-ramming attacks.

Tensions between Israeli settlers living under heavy military guard in the heart of the city and Palestinian residents have been high.

Later in the evening, assailants shot at a car near the West Bank town of Tulkarem, wounding two Israelis, the army said.

The pair, a man who suffered serious wounds and a woman with lighter injuries, were taken to hospital, Israel's Magen David Adom emergency medical service said. The man was in stable condition.

Since October 1, almost daily attacks and clashes between Palestinians and Israeli soldiers have killed 113 on the Palestinian side, 17 Israelis, an American and an Eritrean.

Many of the Palestinians killed have been attackers, while others have been shot dead by Israeli security forces during clashes.

Young Palestinians have grown frustrated with Israel's occupation and the complete lack of progress in peace efforts in addition to their own fractured leadership.

Separately in the northern West Bank town of Tubas on Wednesday, clashes erupted during an Israeli military raid.

Three Palestinians were wounded by gunfire while tear gas was also used, Palestinian police and witnesses said.

The person arrested was identified as Iyad Muslamani, a member of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

Israel's military confirmed it had carried out an operation in Tubas that resulted in clashes in which it opened fire against "rioters" with live rounds, but did not provide further details.