Israeli teen stabbed to death in West Bank

2016-06-30 17:04


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Jerusalem - A Palestinian attacker broke into a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank on Thursday, fatally stabbing a teenage girl and wounding a security guard before being shot dead, the army said.

The army said the girl, aged 13, was killed in her bed in the Kiryat Arba settlement outside the flashpoint city of Hebron.

The Palestinian health ministry identified the attacker as Mohammed Nasser Tarayra, 19, from the village of Bani Naim, just outside the city.

Hebron has been a flashpoint in a spate of deadly unrest that has rocked Israel and the Palestinian territories since October last year.

The city has several hundred Jewish settlers living in a tightly guarded enclave in the heart of the city of well over 200 000 Palestinians, a persistent source of tensions.

The violence since October has killed at least 211 Palestinians, 33 Israelis, two Americans, an Eritrean and a Sudanese.

Most of the Palestinians were carrying out knife, gun or car-ramming attacks, according to Israeli authorities.

Others were killed in clashes with security forces or by Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip.

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