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Soldier stabbed, lightly hurt, during West Bank confrontation

Palestinian knifeman killed after attacking troops who had been chasing stone throwers near settlement of Yitzhar

IDF troops attend the scene of a stabbing in the West Bank on August 24, 2016, in which a soldier was lightly hurt. (photo credit: Hatzalah Yehuda & Shomron)
IDF troops attend the scene of a stabbing in the West Bank on August 24, 2016, in which a soldier was lightly hurt. (photo credit: Hatzalah Yehuda & Shomron)

An Israeli soldier was lightly injured Wednesday in a stabbing attack in the northern West Bank, while his attacker was shot dead, the army said.

The injured soldier was among a group of troops chasing Palestinians who had thrown rocks from their car at passing vehicles near the Yitzhar settlement.

One of the Palestinians exited their vehicle and stabbed the soldier. The injured soldier then shot and killed the assailant, the army said in a statement.

The soldier was taken to a hospital for treatment.

The identity of the assailant was not immediately clear.

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Earlier on Wednesday, Border Police arrested a Palestinian woman in possession of a knife near the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron, a police spokesperson said.

She was handed over to security forces for questioning, police said.

Thirty-five Israelis and four foreign nationals have been killed in a wave of Palestinian terrorism and violence since last October. Over 200 Palestinians have been killed in that time period, most of them while carrying out knife, gun or car-ramming attacks, Israeli authorities say.

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