Palestinian tries to stab Israeli man in Hebron; attacker killed

In latest in string of stabbing attacks, assailant shot dead by his would-be victim

Israeli soldiers in the West Bank city of Hebron, on July 10, 2015. (Garrett Mills/Flash90)
Israeli soldiers in the West Bank city of Hebron, on July 10, 2015. (Garrett Mills/Flash90)

A Palestinian man was killed by an Israeli man he tried to stab near Hebron on Saturday.

The Palestinian man approached his would-be victim, pulled out a knife and lunged. He was shot by the armed Israeli man, who was not hurt in the attempted attack.

Saturday’s incident took place in a Jewish neighborhood of Hebron, a frequent flashpoint city where a few hundred Jews live in close proximity to tens of thousands of Palestinians.

The attempted attack came a day after a Palestinian man posing as a press photographer stabbed an Israeli soldier in the same area, moderately wounding him.

The attacker, identified as Eyad Khalil Awawdeh, 26, was shot dead by security forces at the scene.

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Saturday’s incident was the latest in a spate of near-daily attacks against Israeli civilians and security forces across Israel and in the West Bank.

Since October 1, seven Israelis have been killed in 29 separate stabbing or attempted stabbings attacks by Palestinian assailants, and dozens have been wounded.

On the Palestinian side, 37 have been killed so far, including 15 attackers. The rest died in clashes with IDF troops either in the West Bank or along the Gaza border. Two of the casualties, a pregnant woman and her two-year-old daughter, were killed in Israeli airstrikes in the Gaza Strip on October 11, which came in response to an earlier rocket attack.

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