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Israel-Palestine Conflict: Two Israelis Killed, Four Wounded In Palestinian Attack

Israel-Palestine Conflict: Two Israelis Killed, Four Wounded In Palestinian Attack

The Palestinian attacker was shot dead by Israeli security personnel. He was identified as 18-year-old Mohammad Souf by Palestinian authorities.

Representational image of Israeli security forces personnel
Representational image of Israeli security forces personnel Twitter/Israeli Defense Forces

A Palestinian attacker killed two and wounded four Israelis in the West Bank on Tuesday in a stabbing spree. 

The Israeli security sevice personnel subsequently responded to the stabbings and shot dead the attacker. The injured are in serious condition.

The Tuesday's stabbing spree is the latest Palestinian attack targeting Israelis. At least 25 Israelis have so far been killed in the surge in attacks this year, including three who were killed on Israeli Independence Day. 

Israel also fought a three-day war with terrorist group Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), which is based in Gaza — controlled by another terrorist group Hamas, in which several Palestinians were killed besides terrorists. Overall, this year's surge in Israeli-Palestinian violence in the West Bank and East Jerusalem has killed more than 130 Palestinians, making 2022 the deadliest since 2006.

The Magen David Adom paramedic service confirmed the two Israelis were killed in the settlement of Ariel in West Bank.

It was the latest attack in a wave of Israeli-Palestinian violence this year that has seen Palestinian attackers target Israeli civilians and near nightly Israeli arrest raids that have fuelled unrest in the occupied territory.

The Israeli military said the Palestinian first attacked the Israelis at the entrance to the settlement's industrial zone, then proceeded to a nearby gas station and stabbed more people there. The army said the man then stole a car, intentionally collided with a car on a nearby highway, and struck another person, before fleeing the scene on foot. It said the attacker was shot by a soldier, and that troops were searching the area for additional suspects.

Amateur video aired on Israeli television appeared to show the suspected attacker running down a highway and collapsing to the ground after he was shot. The Palestinian Health Ministry later confirmed that Mohammad Souf, 18, from the nearby village of Hares was the slain attacker.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but Gaza's ruling group Hamas hailed Tuesday's attack as “heroic”.

Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid sent condolences to the families of those killed in the attack and said Israel was “fighting terror nonstop and full force”.

“Our security forces are working around the clock to protect Israeli citizens and harm terror infrastructure everywhere, all the time,” he said.

Israel says its almost nightly arrest raids in the West Bank — which began after Palestinian attacks killed 19 Israelis last spring — are needed to dismantle militant networks at a time when Palestinian security forces are unable or unwilling to do so.

The Palestinians say the raids undermine their security forces and are aimed at cementing Israel's open-ended 55-year occupation of lands they want for their hoped-for state.

Hundreds of Palestinians have been rounded up in such raids, with many placed in so-called administrative detention, which allows Israel to hold them without trial or charge.

Israel captured the West Bank in the 1967 Mideast war, along with east Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip. The Palestinians seek those territories for their hoped-for independent state.

(With AP inputs)

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