Stabbing in Settlement ‘Kills Israeli,’ Palestinian Suspect Shot Dead

Israeli media reported Monday that a Palestinian stabbed three settlers in the Jewish settlement of Alon Shvot near Bethlehem, killing an Israeli.

The Israeli news site Ynet reported that a Palestinian got out of his vehicle near a hitchhiking stop outside the settlement and stabbed three settlers, killing a woman.

The Palestinian man who was shot and critically wounded after killing the Israeli woman died of his wounds, police said.

“The terrorist died,” a police statement said shortly after reporting that the attacker had been shot and critically wounded by a security guard at the Alon Shvut settlement in the southern West Bank.

Ynet said the female victim was a teenager but Maariv, another Israeli news site, said she was 26.

Magen David Adom paramedics came to the scene to treat the injured settlers, taking them to Hadassah Medical Center, Ynet said.

Israeli forces also arrived at the scene.

An Israeli army statement said that “a terrorist stabbed 3 Israeli civilians at the Alon Shvut junction in Gush Etzion. The terrorist was shot by a security guard at the scene.”

The attack comes hours after another stabbing attack in Jerusalem in which an Israeli soldier was critically injured and a Palestinian suspect was arrested by Israeli police.

Relatives identified the suspect as Maher Hamdi al-Hashlamon, 25.

The Islamic Jihad movement claimed responsibility for the attack as well as another that occurred in Tel Aviv hours earlier.

The movement said in a statement that “the two heroic operations that were carried out in Tel Aviv and northern Hebron are part of the natural response to the Israeli occupation’s crimes in the occupied Jerusalem, and the crime of executing the Palestinian martyr Kheir Hamdan in Kafr Qanna.”

Kheir Hamdan was shot dead Saturday after police said he attacked a their vehicle when officers were trying to arrest a relative.

Police say the officers fired warning shots before aiming directly at him when their lives were threatened. But relatives say Hamdan was killed “in cold blood,” with CCTV images appearing to contradict the official version.

His death set off two days of widespread rioting across Palestinian towns and villages in Israel.

(Ma’an – www.maannews.net)

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