Palestinian killed, another hurt by IDF fire in West Bank

Police arrest two Arab teens seen holding knives in northern city of Migdal Ha’Emek; bus driver lightly hurt by stones in Binyamin

Adiv Sterman is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

Illustrative photo of a Palestinian protester burning tires during clashes with Israeli security forces in the West Bank on October 10, 2015. (AFP/ABBAS MOMANI)
Illustrative photo of a Palestinian protester burning tires during clashes with Israeli security forces in the West Bank on October 10, 2015. (AFP/ABBAS MOMANI)

IDF soldiers shot and killed a young Palestinian during clashes Tuesday near in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, near the compound of Rachel’s Tomb, Israel Radio reported.

In the nearby Aida refugee camp, Israeli soldiers shot and wounded a Palestinian who hurled a Molotov cocktail at an IDF post. He was evacuated to a nearby hospital in moderate condition. No soldiers were injured in the incident.

Earlier Tuesday, police officers in the northern city of Migdal Ha’Emek arrested two Arab teenagers, aged 16 and 17, who were reportedly seen holding knives near a local gas station.

The officers said the teens had thrown away a kitchen knife and a folding pocket knife during the arrest.

From an initial investigation, it appears as though the teenagers intended to carry out a stabbing attack at an unknown location, a police spokeswoman said.

The suspects were being interrogated.

“Due to the awareness of the citizen who reported it and the response of the Migdal Ha’Emek police officers, a catastrophe was prevented,” the spokeswoman said.

Also Tuesday, a bus driver was lightly injured when stones were hurled at his car near the West Bank settlement of Anatot (Almon) in the Binyamin regional council.

Tuesday saw a severe uptick in violence in Jerusalem and central Israel. One man was killed and another person wounded as a driver rammed into a crowd on Malchei Israel Street in the Makor Baruch neighborhood. The terrorist stepped out of the crashed vehicle and attempted to stab the wounded with a machete. He was shot dead by a security guard.

According to Channel 2, the assailant, Alaa Abu Jamal, an East Jerusalem resident and an employee of the Bezeq phone company, was a relative of cousins Uday and Ghassan Abu Jamal, who killed four worshipers and a policeman in a brutal attack at a synagogue in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Har Nof last November.

In a separate incident minutes earlier, two male passengers were killed — a 60-year-old who died at the scene, and a 45-year-old who died in the hospital — and three others suffered gunshot wounds in a combined shooting and stabbing attack on Egged bus 78 in the neighborhood of Armon Hanatziv in southern Jerusalem.

Two assailants were involved in the Armon Hanatziv attack, and were shot and subdued by police. One terrorist was killed, and the other was caught by police.

Some 15 people were injured in the attack.

In Ra’anana, a man stabbed four people with a knife on Jerusalem Boulevard. One was in serious condition with stab wounds to the upper body. The three other victims were lightly injured. The terrorist was arrested.

That attack came hours after another stabbing attack in Ra’anana, in which a man was lightly injured while standing at a bus stop on the city’s central Ahuza thoroughfare. The victim, 32, suffered light wounds to his upper body in the incident, a spokesperson for the Magen David Adom rescue service said.

The attacker was taken into custody with serious injuries after being beaten by passersby who halted the attack, police and MDA officials said. Police confirmed he had not been shot.

According to an initial police investigation, the terrorist, a 22-year-old East Jerusalem resident, approached a man at a bus stop and stabbed him. Passersby pounced on the attacker, subduing him until police arrived.

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