Soldier wounded in West Bank stabbing; 2 assailants killed

Marcy Oster

JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Israeli soldier was stabbed and his Palestinian assailants were shot and killed in the West Bank.

The victim, 19, was taken to Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Hospital and was in moderate condition with stab wounds to his upper body, according to reports Tuesday evening. The Israel Defense Forces said that other Israeli soldiers shot the two assailants during the attack at the Gush Etzion junction, according to reports.

Earlier Tuesday, two Palestinian teens were arrested in Jerusalem’s Old City after a police officer discovered they were carrying an axe and a knife. The teens, 16 and 17, of eastern Jerusalem, were observing passers-by and looked suspicious, Israel Police said, and they were taken in for questioning.

Also Tuesday, two Palestinian women were discovered to be carrying large knives near the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron, the site of several attacks on Jewish-Israelis.

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Also in Hebron, at least 10 Palestinian protesters were shot during a rally calling for the return of the bodies of Palestinians shot by Israeli troops in recent weeks and held by Israel. Israeli forces fired live and rubber-coated bullets, and also used tear gas and stun grenades, the Palestinian Maan news agency reported.

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