Israeli security guard stabbed, Palestinian assailant killed in West Bank attack


JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Israeli security guard was stabbed and wounded and his Palestinian assailant killed at the entrance to the West Bank settlement of Karmei Tzur.

The stabber, identified by the Palestinian Maan news agency as 19-year-old Hamza Zamareh from the nearby Palestinian village of Halhul, approached the entrance of the settlement located in the Etzion bloc, and stabbed the security guard, 34, in the hand. A second security guard shot the assailant, killing him, the IDF said.

The guard, a resident of Karmei Tzur who began working as a security guard two weeks ago, according to Ynet, reportedly was stabbed in the hand while fighting off his assailant.

Israeli troops arrived at the stabbers’ home shortly after the attack to question family members, sparking a riot by local residents.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday night, at least one Palestinian man was killed and dozens injured after Israeli troops conducted searches, including surrounding a house, while hunting for the assailant who stabbed a West Bank rabbi to death on Monday. Ais Abed El-Hakim, 19, is an Israeli citizen and resident of Jaffa, the son of an Israeli mother from Haifa and a Palestinian father from Nablus.

During the searched local residents and their supporters rioted, throwing rocks, firebombs and explosives, and firing guns at the soldiers, according to the IDF. The IDF said it responded with riot control measures and fired warning shots in the air.

The soldiers fired live ammunition, rubber-coated steel bullets and tear gas, according to Maan.

El-Hakim was not captured during the raids.

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