Israeli soldiers prevent 2 Palestinian stabbing attacks in West Bank


(JTA) — Israeli soldiers thwarted two planned stabbing attacks within minutes in the West Bank.

In an attempted attack Friday afternoon, a Palestinian man tried to stab soldiers at the Etzion Junction in Gush Etzion, according to The Times of Israel. The soldiers shot and killed the assailant.

The second incident took place near the Shaar Binyamin industrial park east of Ramallah, when two Palestinian youths with knives were stopped by soldiers.

The two youths were arrested, and security forces searched the area for the vehicle that had dropped the two off at the scene.

Other terrorist attacks have occurred at both the Etzion Junction and Shaar Binyamin industrial park in recent months.

Additional attempted stabbings by Palestinian teens were thwarted earlier in the week in Jerusalem and at a junction south of Nablus.

Twenty-nine Israelis and four foreign nationals have been killed in the wave of Palestinian terrorism and violence that began in October. Almost 200 Palestinians have been killed, most of them while attacking Israelis, and the rest during clashes with troops, according to the Israeli army.

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