Palestinian shot after ‘stabbing’ Israeli officer

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A Palestinian man was shot on Sunday morning
after allegedly stabbing an Israeli army officer in a
settlement in the occupied West Bank.

“A terrorist carried out a stabbing attack in Efrat
and wounded an officer,” the Israeli army’s Twitter
account said.
The alleged assailant, identified by the army as
Palestinian, was shot by soldiers at the scene
shortly after stabbing a reserves company
commander in the settlement of Efrat, between
Bethlehem and Hebron, in the southern West Bank,
the army said.
Both were evacuated to the Hadassah hospital in
Jerusalem, which said the alleged attacker suffered
a gunshot wound to his head. The soldier was
stabbed in the armpit.
It was the fifth attack on Israeli security forces or
civilians since Friday after a three-week lull in a
nearly year-long wave of violence.
The Efrat settlement is a short distance from the
flashpoint West Bank city of Hebron, where on
Saturday a Palestinian allegedly stabbed a soldier
before being shot dead .
On Friday, two Palestinians in a car allegedly tried
to run over Israeli settlers at a bus stop adjacent to
the Kiryat Arba settlement near Hebron before
nearby soldiers shot and killed one of the
assailants.
The same day, a Jordanian allegedly stabbed a
police officer in Israeli-annexed East Jerusalem
before he was shot dead.
The Israeli army announced on Saturday that it
was sending an additional battalion to reinforce the
Hebron area following the increase in violence
around the city.
A wave of violence since last October has killed
227 Palestinians, 34 Israelis, two Americans, one
Jordanian, one Eritrean and a Sudanese, according
to an AFP news agency count.
Israeli forces say most of the Palestinians killed
were allegedly carrying out knife, gun or car-
ramming attacks. Others were shot dead during
protests or killed in Israeli air raids on Gaza.
Source: News Agencies

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