Two Israelis stabbed in Hebron, attacker killed
A Palestinian allegedly stabbed and wounded an Israeli soldier and a civilian in Hebron in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday before being shot dead, the Israeli army and police said.
Israeli police said one of the victims was slightly injured and the other was moderately wounded.
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.
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.