4 Palestinians killed after stabbing attempts in West Bank

Julie Wiener

UPDATE: Last updated on Thursday at 3:50 p.m. (EST) with information about identities of the attackers and a separate stabbing attempt near Hebron.

(JTA) — Three Palestinian men were killed after attempting to stab soldiers at a West Bank intersection.

Israeli soldiers shot the would-be stabbers at the Gush Etzion junction on Thursday evening, according to the Times of Israel. No Israelis were injured in the attempted attack.

Later in the evening, security forces shot and killed another Palestinian who was attempting to stab IDF forces at a junction near Hebron, according to the Jerusalem Post.

The Gush Etzion assailants were relatives of Ahmed Yusef Kawazba, an 18-year-old Palestinian killed after stabbing and lightly wounding an Israeli soldier, also at the Gush Etzion junction, the Post reported, citing Maariv. The  junction has been the scene of numerous lethal terrorist attacks since a wave of Palestinian violence began in October. Terrorist fatalities there have included an 18-year-old American-Jewish yeshiva student and a 21-year-old Jewish-Israeli student.

READ: Terror shakes suburban normalcy of Gush Etzion 

Also Thursday in the West Bank, an Israeli bus came under a stone-throwing attack. No injuries were reported.

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