Israeli Lightly Wounded in West Bank Stabbing Attack; Assailant Shot Dead

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The Israeli settlement of Karmei Zur in the West Bank.
The Israeli settlement of Karmei Zur in the West Bank.Credit: Emil salman

A 34-year-old security guard was lightly wounded early Wednesday morning in a stabbing attack at the entrance to the Israeli settlement of Karmei Zur in the West Bank

According to the Israeli army, the assailant approached the gate of the settlement, where he stabbed the security guard in the hand. A second security guard then shot and killed the assailant, the army said.

The wounded man was evacuated to the Hadassah University Hospital in Ein Karem.

On Tuesday, one Palestinian was killed and fifty others were wounded during clashes with Israeli soldiers in the West Bank city of Nablus, the Palestinian Health Ministry said.

The Israeli military said clashes broke out while it was searching for the assailant who killed an Israeli man in a stabbing attack on Monday. The Israeli, identified as Itamar Ben Gal, 29, was treated by civilian medics and military medical forces at the scene before he was evacuated to hospital, where he succumbed to his wounds. 

The terrorist behind Monday's stabbing has been identified as Abed al-Hakim Asi, an Israeli Arab from Jaffa. Eye witnesses at the scene of Tuesdays' clashes told Haaretz that soldiers surrounded a house belonging to Asi's father.

The military said it has arrested seven suspects but was unable to locate Asi. Asi is the son of an Israeli mother who lived in Haifa and a Palestinian father from Nablus.

Hundreds of Israelis attended Ben Gal's funeral in the settlement of Har Bracha in the northern West Bank on Tuesday. Ben Gal, a father of four children aged one to seven, was a teacher at a yeshiva high school in Givat Shmuel and the yeshiva in Har Bracha.

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