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Palestinian stabs two Israeli soldiers in West Bank, assailant shot and arrested

An army spokeswoman confirmed the suspect was a Palestinian and that the two soldiers' wounds were not life-threatening. Photograph: (Getty)

AFP Jerusalem, Israel Jul 18, 2016, 12.09 PM (IST)
A Palestinian stabbed two Israeli soldiers in the occupied West Bank on Monday before being shot and arrested, the Israeli army said.

"An assailant armed with a knife stabbed two IDF soldiers during routine activity near Al-Arroub," an army statement said, referring to an area south of Bethlehem in the southern West Bank.

"Forces shot and detained the assailant," it added.

An army spokeswoman confirmed the suspect was a Palestinian and that the two soldiers' wounds were not life-threatening.

Violence in Israel and the Palestinian territories since October last year has killed at least 215 Palestinians, 34 Israelis, two Americans, an Eritrean and a Sudanese.

Most of the Palestinians killed were carrying out a knife, gun or car-ramming attacks, according to Israeli authorities.

Others were shot dead during protests and clashes, while some were killed by Israeli air strikes in the Gaza Strip.

(AFP)
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