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Palestinian man kills two Israelis in West Bank settlement

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Palestinian man kills two Israelis in West
Bank settlement
Authorities shoot 18-year-old dead after knife and car attack in
territory occupied by Israel
Associated Press/ The Guardian (16/11/2022)
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A Palestinian man killed two Israeli people and wounded four others in an
attack at a settlement in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday before he was
shot and killed by Israeli security personnel, Israeli paramedics and
Palestinian officials said.
The Magen David Adom paramedic service said the two were killed in the
settlement of Ariel. The four wounded were taken to hospital in a serious
It was the latest attack in a wave of Israeli-Palestinian violence this year
that has included Palestinian attackers targeting Israeli civilians and near
nightly Israeli arrest raids that have fuelled unrest in the occupied territory.
The Israeli military said the man first attacked people at the entrance to the
settlement’s industrial zone, then stabbed more people at a nearby petrol
station. The army said he then stole a car, intentionally collided with a car
on a nearby highway and struck another person, before fleeing on foot.
It said the attacker was shot by a soldier and that troops were searching the
area for additional suspects.
Amateur video aired on Israeli television appeared to show the suspected
attacker running down a highway and collapsing to the ground after he was
shot. The Palestinian health ministry later identified him as Mohammad
Souf, 18, from the nearby village of Hares.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but Gaza’s rulers, the
militant Hamas group, hailed it as “heroic”.
The Israeli prime minister, Yair Lapid, sent condolences to the families of
those killed in the attack and said Israel was “fighting terror nonstop and
[with] full force”.
“Our security forces are working around the clock to protect Israeli citizens
and harm terror infrastructure everywhere, all the time,” he said.

This year’s surge in Israeli-Palestinian violence in the West Bank and East
Jerusalem has resulted in the deaths of at least 25 Israelis and more than
130 Palestinians, making 2022 the deadliest year since 2006.
Israel says its almost nightly arrest raids in the West Bank – which began
after Palestinian attacks killed 19 Israelis last spring – are needed to
dismantle militant networks at a time when Palestinian security forces are
unable or unwilling to do so.
The Palestinians say the raids undermine their security forces and are
aimed at cementing Israel’s open-ended 55-year occupation of lands they
want for their hoped-for state. Hundreds of Palestinians have been rounded
up in such raids, with many placed in “administrative detention”, which
allows Israel to hold them without trial or charge.
Israel captured the West Bank in the war of 1967, along with East
Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip. The Palestinians seek those territories for
their hoped-for independent state.

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Article source: The Guardian, 16/11/2022

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