Israeli Stabbed in West Bank, Palestinian Assailant Escapes

Victim sustains moderate stab wounds to chest; IDF combing area.

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An Israeli was moderately wounded in a stabbing attack Sunday morning  at the Metzad Junction in the West Bank. The assailant, a Palestinian, escaped, and IDF troops are searching the area.

The victim, who suffered stab wounds to the chest, was taken to Hadassah University Hospital in Ein Karem, Jerusalem.

According to an initial investigation, the man stopped his car after two Palestinian men threw rocks at his vehicle. He then opened fire, but it is unclear whether he hit any of the men.  The Hebron office of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories received a report about Palestinian who was shot by a settler and is being treated at a Hebron hospital. The IDF estimates he is one of the two men who hurled rocks.

During the weekend, Two Palestinians were killed in clashes with Israeli forces , sources said, while an Israeli girl suffered burns on 35 percent of her body after a firebomb was thrown at the car she was riding in.

Also over the weekend, a Palestinian died of wounds sustained Thursday, while a Bedouin tracker in the Israel Defense Forces was lightly wounded in a stabbing attack in the West Bank. The assailant was shot and wounded, as serious clashes between the Israelis and Palestinians enter their fourth week.

At least 95 Palestinians were wounded by live ammunition and plastic-tipped rounds in clashes in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip on Friday, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent and the health ministry of the Hamas government in Gaza.

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The Palestinian man who was seriously wounded during a demonstration near the Gaza-Israel border Thursday died of his wounds, the Palestinian news service Ma’an reported Saturday.

The death of Khalil Hassan Abu Obeid, 25, brought to 17 the number of Palestinians killed in Gaza by Israeli forces this month.

A Palestinian was shot dead Saturday morning at a checkpoint north of Jenin in the West Bank after he tried to stab an Israeli security guard, the Israeli authorities said. There were no other casualties.

According to an initial investigation, the 16-year-old assailant went to the crossing early in the morning, pretending to sell chocolates to passengers in the dozens of vehicles waiting to cross into Israel.

When he reached the checkpoint, he dropped the chocolates, pulled out a knife and rushed the Israeli guards, one of whom shot him at close range.

“We have practiced that scenario and others many times recently due to the ongoing security situation,” said Brig. Gen. (res.) Camil Abu Rukun, the Defense Ministry official in charge of the crossings.

“The security personnel did exactly what was expected of them,” Abu Rukun said, adding that the Jalamah crossing, where the incident occurred, is used mainly on weekends, when thousands of Israelis drive to Jenin for shopping and business.

“The attempted attack affects first and foremost the Palestinians and their economy,” Abu Rukun said. The checkpoint was closed to traffic after the incident.

Ma’an named the deceased as Mohammed Zakarneh of Qabatiyah, a town south of Jenin. The Palestinian Red Crescent said he was shot at least five times and that Israeli forces prevented medics from reaching his body.

Meanwhile, on Friday afternoon a 4-year-old Israeli girl was badly burned by a firebomb hurled at her family’s car near the West Bank settlement of Beit El. Her parents and two siblings suffered minor burns.

The family was driving down Route 60 when the firebomb was thrown at the car, presumably by Palestinians. The five were rushed to Hadassah University Hospital Ein Karem, in Jerusalem.

Also on Friday, the Israel Defense Forces said around 600 Gazans had gathered in various areas along the border with Israel, throwing rocks over the fence and burning tires. Israeli troops responded first with tear gas and then with live fire.


Dozens of Palestinians were wounded by gunfire and tear gas fired by Israeli forces, according to Israeli and Palestinian spokespeople. According to Palestinian reports, one person was killed.

In the West Bank, clashes broke out in or around Hebron, El Bireh, Beit Ummar and at Rachel’s Tomb at the northern entrance of Bethlehem.

Palestinians set tires on fire and threw stones and firebombs, the IDF said. Two members of the Border Police were hurt in the clashes.