4 Palestinians shot, 2 killed in apparent terrorist attacks


(JTA) — Israeli troops shot and killed two Palestinian men whom the soldiers said had tried to stab them.

The incident at the Tapuach Junction in the West Bank occurred Friday morning, Army Radio reported. The soldiers were not injured.

Later Friday, a Palestinian man was severely wounded in Jerusalem after he stabbed one person, injuring him moderately, and attempted to stab another. An Israeli passer-by was lightly wounded from bullet that security forces fired at the attacker, who according to Army Radio is a 23-year-old man from the West Bank village of Akeb.

And during riots near Ramallah, a police unit shot and wounded moderately a Palestinian whom they said was about to throw a firebomb at them and then ran over, with a SUV, another Palestinian whom they said held a knife and charged  at paramedics who rushed to treat the Palestinian suspected of throwing the firebomb.

On Thursday, five Israelis, including an 8-month old baby and a pregnant woman, were lightly wounded in attacks that security forces believe were perpetrated by Palestinian terrorists.

At least 22 Palestinians were moderately injured by Israeli forces during clashes Thursday, the Maan news agency reported.

The baby, his 60-year-old grandmother and another person were injured Thursday night when stones hit their car in the city of Ramla.

The pregnant woman, 26, was injured in a similar attack outside the West Bank settlement of Carmei Tzur, Army Radio reported.

And in the southern city of Eilat, another woman, 43, sustained minor stab wounds in what police said was a terrorist stabbing attack by a foreign worker, who was not named. The worker was detained and is being questioned.

Separately, attacks against Israelis ended without injury in Ofra, where the Israel Defense Forces said the victims were the target of a drive-by shooting, and in Jerusalem and the Bethlehem area, where Border Police troops on patrol reported the detonation of three handmade explosive devices within one hour.

Outside Hebron, an Israel Defense Forces guard post was hit by firebombs, causing no injury.

On Thursday, Israeli security forces killed two Palestinians in Hebron in separate incidents. In both cases, the Palestinians killed had tried to stab Israelis, the Israel police said.


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