2 Palestinians Attack Israeli Security Forces, Shot Dead


stabbingTwo Palestinians were shot dead this evening as they carried out separate attacks on Israeli security forces in the West Bank.

The two attacks, carried out in different locations within a short period of time, brought to five the number of assaults on Israeli targets in one day.

A Palestinian stabbed an IDF soldier in Chevron on Motzoei Shabbos, in the third such attack in the city, a frequent flashpoint where a few hundred Jews live in close proximity to tens of thousands of Palestinians.

The soldier was lightly to moderately wounded and evacuated to Hadassah Medical Center in Ein Kerem, the IDF said. The attacker was shot at the site by two soldiers, Walla said, and died shortly after reaching hospital. The Shin Bet named the attacker as 16-year-old Tareq Netsha from Chevron, who had not previously been known to the security forces.

A short time later, a Palestinian tried to stab a Border Police officer at the Qalandiya checkpoint that leads from the West Bank into Yerushalayim. The policeman was unhurt as the knife was blocked by the body armor he was wearing.

Israel Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said the policeman shot and wounded his attacker, then killed him after the attacker tried again to stab him as he attempted to take the knife away.

In the first attack of the day, a Palestinian woman was shot dead this morning by the policewoman she tried to stab near the Meoras Hamachpeilah in Chevron.

The female attacker arrived at a Border Police base and knifed the policewoman, who sustained minor hand injuries. The police officer shot and killed the attacker, who was later identified as 16-year-old Bian Asila from Chevron.

Hours later, a Palestinian man died of his wounds after being shot by an Israeli man he had tried to stab in a Jewish area of Chevron. The attacker was identified by Palestinian and Hebrew media reports as Fadel Muhammad Kawasmeh, 18, a resident of the city.

According to initial reports, Kawasmeh approached his would-be victim, pulled out a knife and lunged; he was shot by the Israeli man, who was unhurt in the attempted attack.

Also today a Palestinian teenager was shot dead in Yerushalayim’s Armon Hanatziv neighborhood when he tried to stab Border Police officers. There were no reports of injuries among the security forces.

According to the IDF, the teen was stopped for routine questioning in the capital amid heightened tensions, before pulling out a knife and attempting to stab the officers. He was later identified by Palestinian media as Muataz Awisat, 16, from the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber.

Since October 1, seven Israelis have been killed and dozens injured in 30 separate stabbing or attempted stabbing attacks by Palestinian attackers.

Times of Israel