2 Palestinians killed in West Bank stabbing of Israeli soldier


JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Israeli soldier was lightly wounded in a stabbing attack in the West Bank near Hebron.

The two Palestinian assailants in the Tuesday evening attack in Kiryat Arba, a settlement near Hebron, were shot dead by Israeli troops, a spokesman for the Israel Defense Forces said.

Armed with knives, the Palestinians allegedly stabbed the soldier while he was guarding a four-story apartment building known both as the House of Peace and the House of Contention, Israel’s Channel 2 reported. Jewish-Israelis own and live in the building.

It was at least the fourth attack in the West Bank on Tuesday against Jewish targets. Hours earlier, also near Hebron, a Jewish-Israeli man was hit and killed by a truck after he exited his car to inspect damage from rocks thrown by Palestinian rioters.

In the afternoon, an Israeli soldier and civilian were injured in a car-ramming attack at the Gush Etzion junction. Before that, an IDF officer was lightly injured after being stabbed by a Palestinian man in the southern Hebron Hills. In both incidents, the assailant was shot dead by Israeli security forces.

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