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Palestinian stabs Israeli soldiers

Published 08/04/2015

Israeli soldiers patrol after a stabbing attack by a Palestinian man near the village of Sinjil, between the cities of Ramallah and Nablus (AP)
Israeli soldiers patrol after a stabbing attack by a Palestinian man near the village of Sinjil, between the cities of Ramallah and Nablus (AP)

A Palestinian stabbed two Israeli soldiers outside a West Bank settlement before one of them fatally shot the assailant, the Israeli military said.

One of the soldiers was critically wounded by a stab wound to the neck while the other was lightly hurt before he opened fire and killed the attacker. Both soldiers were taken to hospital.

Israel saw a wave of similar attacks in the West Bank and Jerusalem towards the end of last year, but the violence has mostly subsided and the current Jewish Passover holiday has been relatively quiet thus far.

Palestinians demand the West Bank, which Israel captured from Jordan in the 1967 war, as part of their future state and object to the Israeli presence there. Militants often target soldiers and Jewish settlers there, attacking them with gunfire, knives and stone throwing.

Cabinet minister Naftali Bennett, of the nationalist Jewish Home party, praised the wounded soldier's quick response.

"This should be the fate of anyone who harms innocent Jews," he said. "This is how such a serious incident must end."

The attack occurred near the settlement of Shilo, about 30 miles north of Jerusalem.

The military said the attacker came from the nearby Palestinian village of Sinjil and that Israeli forces had conducted searches in the village after the incident.

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