Palestinian woman attempts to stab cop in Hebron, is shot

Assailant moderately injured by rubber bullet; no police reported injured

A Palestinian woman attempted to stab a policeman in Hebron on Sunday morning, before security forces shot her.

According to Israel Radio, the attacker was hit with a rubber bullet.

There were no Israeli casualties reported in the incident. The would-be stabber was seriously wounded.

Earlier, a tourist was stabbed and lightly injured in in the West Bank town of Beit Sahour, east of Bethlehem. The man sustained injuries to his upper body, and was conscious. The motive in that attack was not immediately clear, but police said it wasn’t a terror attack. Police later said that the incident was likely a dispute over money.

The victim was evacuated to Jerusalem’s Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital for medical treatment, according to the Magen David Adom emergency service.

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Since the latest wave of Palestinian terrorism and violence began in September, more than 20 Israelis have been killed in near-daily stabbing, shooting, and car-ramming attacks by Palestinians. More than 100 Palestinians have been killed, most of them assailants shot as they carried out attacks, including some who were teenagers. Other Palestinians have been killed in clashes with Israeli security forces.

Hebron has been a hotbed for Palestinian attackers over the past three months, according to figures released by the Israeli defense establishment last Wednesday.

Of 130 Palestinians who carried out attacks against security personnel and civilians, 28 came from Hebron and 19 from the villages around the city, which lies 30 kilometers (19 miles) south of Jerusalem. Thirty hailed from East Jerusalem, and the rest from other areas in the West Bank.

On Saturday, three Israelis were stabbed in the central town of Ra’anana. The suspected terrorist was arrested by police. One man was seriously injured and two women were lightly hurt in the attack.

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