Palestinian Firebomb Attack Wounds Israeli Mother, Daughter

Incident follows deaths of two Palestinians: one who shot at a bus stop and another who charged at border patrol soldiers with a knife.

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Palestinians threw a firebomb at a car driving near the West Bank settlement of Tekoa, southeast of Bethlehem early Friday morning.

The moving vehicle caught fire and the mother and daughter, who were in the car at the time of the attack, were lightly wounded. They were taken to a nearby hospital by Magen David Adom medical personnel.

The incident occurred after two Palestinians were killed Thursday by Israeli forces in the West Bank.

In the first incidents, which occured early Thursday evening, a Palestinian man opened fire at a bus stop at the Tapuach Junction in the West Bank. Israel Defense Forces soldiers stationed nearby arrived at the scene, shot the assailant and killed him.

The IDF said the Palestinian man had used an improvised weapon. Security forces closed off the junction for fear that a bomb may have been placed there beforehand. Troops searched the area throughout the night.

In the second incident, Israeli troops killed a Palestinian who attacked soldiers at a West Bank checkpoint near Bethlehem with a knife. Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the Palestinian attacked the officers and tried to stab them. He said the officers opened fire, wounding the man who died shortly afterward.

According to the checkpoint officer, soldiers were carrying out routine inspections of vehicles when a car sped toward the checkpoint and stopped nearby soldiers. A Palestinian aged in his 20s emerged from the vehicle armed with a knife and charged toward the soldiers. One of the soldiers shouted in Arabic telling him to stop, and when the man failed to adhere, the soldier fired a single bullet at him, which killed him.

Three weeks ago, another Palestinian man was shot dead by IDF forces after he broke into an army base with a bulldozer.

Israeli soldiers stand at the scene of a shooting. Israeli troops killed a Palestinian wielding a makeshift firearm in the West Bank, November 7, 2013.Credit: Reuters

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