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Palestinian killed after stabbing two Israelis to death in West Bank

Jerusalem, Nov 15 (EFE).- Two Israelis were killed and four others injured in a stabbing attack in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday by a Palestinian who was later shot and killed, medical services and local media reported.

Magen David Adom national emergency services said the attacker stabbed most of the casualties and ran over another near the Israeli settlement of Ariel.

The two deceased succumbed to their wounds shortly after they were transferred to a hospital, according to local media.

The Israeli military wrote on Twitter: “a terrorist arrived at the entrance gate of the Ariel Industrial Zone and stabbed civilians in the area. Other civilians were stabbed at a nearby gas station.”

“The terrorist fled the scene and was neutralized afterwards. IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) soldiers are currently searching the area,” it added.

The Palestinian health ministry later confirmed that the assailant had been killed, giving no further details about his identity.

Palestinian Islamist groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad hailed the attack but did not claim responsibility for it.

“The rebellious youth of the West Bank are striking again, surprising the occupation once again,” Hamas said.

Outgoing Israeli prime minister Yair Lapid sent his condolences to the families of those killed and said that Israeli is fighting “terrorism relentlessly and with full force.”

“We have recently succeeded in dismantling wide terror infrastructures, but we have to wage this war everyday anew,” he added.

Tensions in the West Bank have been on the rise, with Israeli forces conducting raids and arrest operations on a near-daily basis for over six months after several deadly attacks against Israelis between March and April.

At least 146 Palestinians, including many civilians and children, have been killed in military operations, clashes or lone attacks so far this year, the deadliest since 2006.

Twenty-six Israelis have died in the wave of violence.EFE


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