2 Palestinians killed in suspected stabbing attack on Israelis

Cnaan Liphshiz

(JTA) — Israeli troops shot and killed two Palestinians whom soldiers said were attempting to attack Israelis with knives at a checkpoint near Ramallah.

Ma’an news agency identified one of the fatalities as a 24-year-old woman named Maram Salih Hassan Abu Ismail. She and another male on Wednesday approached border police officers at the Qalandiya checkpoint in the West Bank, Israeli police spokesperson Luba al-Samri said.

Ma’an offered no details about the male fatality, whom its reporters said was a youth. Israel’s Army Radio described him as a man. No Israelis were injured in the incident.

Officers ordered both Palestinians to halt several times but the woman threw a knife at an officer, prompting police to open fire, killing the woman immediately. The other fatality’s death was confirmed shortly after.

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According to Army Radio, troops found two knives on his dead body.

Thirty Israelis were killed since September, when attacks on Israelis by Palestinians increased dramatically in volume. Approximately 200 Palestinians also died in the wave of terrorist attacks, many of them while carrying out or attempting to carry out attacks or in riots.

The number of terrorist attacks carried out in Israeli-controlled areas in March decreased by 26 percent over February, making last month’s tally of 123 incidents the lowest recorded since July, Israel’s security agency, Shin Bet, said earlier this month.