By Hazel Ward
A Palestinian has stabbed two Israeli soldiers in the northern West Bank on Wednesday (local time), wounding one seriously before being shot dead.
It was the second knife attack in a week targeting Israeli soldiers and the latest in a wave of lone-wolf attacks which have been on the rise since last summer's 50-day war in the Gaza Strip.
"Earlier today, two IDF soldiers were stabbed by a Palestinian attacker near the Sinjil junction. One soldier was seriously wounded, the second soldier was lightly wounded," a military statement said.
"Forces at the site neutralised the assailant."
The incident took place near the entrance to Shilo settlement, not far from the Palestinian village of Sinjil, on route 60, which is the main road linking the West Bank cities of Ramallah and Nablus.
Military sources say one of the soldiers is in serious condition after being stabbed in the neck.
The incident took place despite heightened security measures as Israelis mark the week-long Passover festival.
Palestinian medics identified the attacker as 27-year-old Mohammed Jasser Karakra from Sinjil village, saying he had been shot twice in the head.
His body was transferred by Israel to the Abu Kabir forensic institute in Tel Aviv, they said.
It was the second stabbing in a week targeting soldiers.
On Thursday, at the start of the Passover holiday, a Palestinian lightly wounded an Israeli paratrooper who tried to stop him from crossing the West Bank security barrier in an area west of Nablus.
The attacker was arrested, the army said.
Israel's emergency services confirmed paramedics had responded to a call about a stabbing near the entrance to the Maale Levona settlement near Shilo.
They said that a young man of around 20 had been taken to Jerusalem's Shaarei Tzedek hospital "in serious condition with a stab wound to his upper body."
The statement did not mention the second soldier who was lightly injured in the attack, who was reportedly the one who managed to shoot dead the attacker.
The website of Haaretz newspaper said the two soldiers belonged to the Home Front Command and were sitting in an ambulance which was on standby in the Shilo area during the Passover holiday.
It said the soldier who was lightly wounded had opened fire on the attacker after he stabbed his colleague in the neck.
Naftali Bennett, outgoing economy minister and head of the far-right Jewish Home party, hailed the soldier for killing the attacker rather than arresting him.
source: newshub archive