Manhunt in southern Israel for soldier's killers

2017-12-01 20:12
The Israeli flag flutters in front of the Dome of the Rock mosque and the city of Jerusalem. (Thomas Coex, AFP)

The Israeli flag flutters in front of the Dome of the Rock mosque and the city of Jerusalem. (Thomas Coex, AFP)

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Jerusalem - Hundreds of police were combing southern Israel on Friday for those behind the fatal stabbing of a 19-year-old soldier which they are treating as a "terrorist" attack.

Ron Kukia was found dying near a bus stop in the city of Arad late on Thursday. His attackers had fled the scene.

Police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld said hundreds of officers were "continuing to search for the suspects that carried out yesterday evening's attack".

Israeli President Reuvin Rivlin offered condolences to the soldier's family and vowed to find his killers.

"Terror will not be allowed to raise its head, and we will fight it unwaveringly, with force and determination," he said.

The Israeli authorities did not specify on what basis they were treating the killing as a "terrorist" attack.

A wave of violence in Israel and the Palestinian territories that began in October 2015 has killed at least 309 Palestinians or Arab Israelis, 52 Israelis and seven foreigners, according to an AFP count.

Israeli authorities say most of the Palestinians killed were carrying out knife, gun or car-ramming attacks.

Soldiers or police have often been the targets.

The violence has subsided greatly in recent months.

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