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Palestinian shot while attempting to infiltrate security fence

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli soldiers shot a Palestinian man who was cutting through the security fence in the northern Negev.

The man was believed to be attempting to infiltrate the Negev village of Meitar, according to the Israeli army, and was shot in the leg following warning shots during the Sunday morning incident.

He was treated at Soroka Hospital in Beersheva.

The incident comes less than a week after a Palestinian man was shot and killed after breaking into an army base near Jerusalem on a tractor and destroying army vehicles.

On Sunday night, a Palestinian man riding on a public Israeli bus traveling between Beit Shemesh and Beitar attempted to stab a Jewish passenger. The Palestinian  pulled near the checkpoint at the entrance to Beitar Illit, northwest of Bethlehem, Ynet reported. He jumped off the bus and fled the scene.

The Israeli military  is looking into whether the attack was nationalistically or criminally motivated.

The Jewish Press reported that the attacker cut off a sidelock of the passenger that he attempted to stab.  It reported that the bus line, in addition to being used largely by the haredi Orthodox community, is frequented by Palestinians who work illegally in Israel.

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