Two Palestinians attempt stabbing attack in West Bank; 1 shot dead, 1 injured

Attackers ride up on motorbike, try to stab Border Police troops at Tapuah Junction; none hurt on Israeli side

Illustrative photo of Border Police officers at the Tapuah Junction near Nablus, August 15, 2015. (Flash90)
Illustrative photo of Border Police officers at the Tapuah Junction near Nablus, August 15, 2015. (Flash90)

Two Palestinian men attempted to stab a group of Border Police officers at the Tapuah Junction in the West Bank on Friday morning and were shot by security forces. One died of his wounds and the other was in critical condition, according to police.

The Border Police troops were not hurt in the attempted attack.

According to a police statement, the two Palestinians arrived at the junction on a motorcycle, dismounted and advanced toward a Border Police officer knives in hand. Another officer spotted the two and opened fire at them.

The incident was the latest in over 60 separate attacks against Israeli civilians and security forces over the past month. Ten Israelis have been killed and dozens wounded in a spate of stabbings or attempted stabbings by Palestinian assailants since October 1.

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On Thursday night, two Israeli women were injured in separate stone-throwing attacks on their cars.

A woman was lightly hurt when stones were thrown at her car on Route 60, near the Karmei Tzur settlement, north of the West Bank city of Hebron. The woman, who is pregnant and was cut by glass shards, was taken by Magen David Adom rescue personnel to Shaare Zedek Hospital in Jerusalem.

Hours earlier, a woman in her 60s was lightly wounded in a stone-throwing attack on her car on Route 431, close to the central town of Ramle.

Magen David Adom paramedics administered first aid treatment at the scene before evacuating the woman to Assaf Harofeh Hospital near Rishon Letzion, the Maariv website reported. She sustained wounds to her face from the stones and from shattered glass.

The woman was traveling with her 8-month-old grandson at the time. The child was unhurt in the incident.

Also Thursday, shots were fired from a vehicle at IDF soldiers standing at a hitchhiking post close to the settlement of Ofra in the northern West Bank. There were no injuries.

The car from which the shots were fired fled the scene.

In a separate incident, a pipe bomb was hurled at a Border Police position in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of A-Tur, and two explosive devices were thrown at a Border Police force near the West Bank city of Bethlehem on Thursday evening.

No injuries were reported in either incident.

An explosive device was also hurled at an IDF post near the Jewish cemetery in the West Bank city of Hebron. Near the headquarters of the Judea Regional Brigade, Palestinians threw a Molotov cocktail at an Israeli vehicle, Israel Radio reported.

Palestinians also hurled stones at vehicles both south and north of the Etzion settlement bloc. No damage or injuries were reported in any of the incidents.

Earlier Thursday, a Palestinian man attempted to stab an IDF soldier in Hebron, in the second such attack of the day. The soldier was not hurt in the attack, which took place in the city’s Beit Hadassah neighborhood. The assailant was shot by security services, and police reported that he died of his wounds.

The attack came just four hours after an IDF soldier was lightly wounded in a similar stabbing attack in the city, near the Tomb of the Patriarchs on the road between the West Bank city and the adjacent Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba. According to police, the incident occurred during a violent demonstration. A Palestinian man armed with a knife approached Israeli forces. He stabbed one of the IDF soldiers, slicing his face. The soldier recovered from the blow and fought back. The attacker then tried to assault a Border Police officer and was shot to death.

Judah Ari Gross and Adiv Sterman contributed to this report.

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