Palestinian shot dead after third attack in one day

The violence was the latest in a yearlong wave of Palestinian alleged assaults on security forces that killed 34 Israelis

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A Palestinian allegedly stabbed an Israeli soldier in the occupied West Bank before being shot dead on Friday, the army said of the third such attack of the day.

“An assailant arrived at a junction near Hebron armed with a knife and stabbed a soldier,” an army statement said.

“Forces at the scene shot towards the assailant resulting in his death,” it added.

Earlier, a Jordanian national was shot dead after he allegedly tried to stab police officers in Jerusalem and two Palestinians rammed their vehicle into a bus stop in the West Bank, wounding three Israeli civilians before they were shot, Israeli police and military said Friday.

In the first incident, a man came out of Jerusalem’s walled Old City brandishing a knife in each hand, police spokeswoman Luba Samri said. He then waved the knives in the air and shouted “Allahu akbar” as he rushed at the officers. They opened fire and killed him, Samri said. The man had both a Jordanian and a Palestinian ID on his body, she said.

Shortly afterward, in the West Bank two Palestinians rammed their car into a bus stop, wounding three Israeli civilians, the military said. It said forces at the scene opened fire, killing one of the Palestinians and wounding the other.

The violence was the latest in a yearlong wave of Palestinian assaults on civilians and security forces that killed 34 Israelis and two Americans. Some 212 Palestinians died in that time; Israel says the majority were attackers.

The attacks were a daily occurrence but have recently become less frequent.

Israel blames the violence on a campaign of incitement by Palestinian political and religious leaders. Palestinians say it is rooted in decades of living under military rule and fading hopes for independence.


(With AFP, AP)

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