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Prison Guard Stabbed to Death; Stab Attempt in Gaza Strip Fails

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An Israeli prison warden was stabbed to death outside Jenin prison Thursday, while another stabbing attempt in the Gaza Strip failed when the assailant was injured and apprehended.

The dead officer is 31-year-old Farras Kemal, a Druze from the village of Beit Jann and a professional warden in the prison service. He was attacked at the gate of the Jenin jail, apparently by a visitor who was waiting to enter.

The assailant was not caught, and the army has clamped a curfew on Jenin and the surrounding area to assist in the search.

Near Rafah in the Gaza Strip, a local man being questioned at a checkpoint pulled a knife and lunged at one of the soldiers. The blow was deflected by the soldier’s protective jacket. Another soldier shot and injured the attacker, who was arrested.

The prison officer shot to death was also wearing a protective vest, following a tightening of regulations throughout the security services. However, the knife was plunged into his unprotected neck, above the vest.

The IDF clamped a curfew on the northern part of the Gaza Strip, and many roadblocks were set up throughout the territories as Palestinians declared a general strike to commemorate the Temple Mount victims, a month after the incident.

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