Israeli security forces on Tuesday shot and killed a Palestinian terrorist who stabbed an Israeli soldier in the West Bank, the Israeli military said, as a surge in violence entered its fourth month.
The attack occurred at Gush Etzion Junction, where many recent incidents have taken place. The army said in a statement that “forces at the scene responded to the attack and shot the assailant, resulting in his death”.
A hospital spokeswoman said the soldier was lightly hurt with stab wounds to his face.
Almost daily stabbings, car-rammings and shooting attacks by Palestinians have killed 21 Israelis and a U.S. citizen since the start of October, raising fears of a wider escalation a decade after the last Palestinian uprising subsided.
Israeli forces or armed civilians have killed at least 133 Palestinians in the same period, 83 of whom authorities described as assailants. Most of the others have been killed in clashes with security forces.