Israeli wounded, assailant killed in West Bank attack

Israeli wounded, assailant killed in West Bank attack

Israeli security forces run towards Palestinian demonstrators during clashes following a protest against the expropriation of Palestinian land by Israel in the village of Kfar Qaddum in the occupied West Bank near the Jewish settlement of Kedumim, on September 23, 2022. — AFP pic

Saturday, 24 Sep 2022 8:09 AM MYT

JERUSALEM, Sept 24 — One Israeli was wounded and an assailant shot dead by police on Thursday in a stabbing attack in the occupied West Bank, Israeli police said.

The Israeli was “lightly injured by a suspect who was neutralised at Shital junction” on route 443, near Ramallah, the police said in a statement.

The police did not immediately comment on the identity of the attacker.

A separate statement said that seven others were injured by tear gas sprayed by the assailant during the attack.

Israel has stepped up operations in the northern West Bank in particular after a wave of attacks against Israeli targets killed 20 people, mostly Israelis, since March.

The army has carried out near nightly raids on Palestinian-administered towns and cities, sparking frequent clashes with residents.

Dozens of Palestinians, including civilians and members of armed groups, have been killed.

Earlier this month, Israeli armed forces chief Lieutenant General Aviv Kohavi said “around 1,500 wanted people were arrested and hundreds of attacks prevented” in the operations. — AFP