Palestinian shot trying to stab Israeli soldier

2016-06-02 21:15
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Jerusalem - A female Palestinian, who tried to stab an Israeli soldier in the West Bank on Thursday, was shot dead, the army said, the latest in a series of such incidents since October.

The stabbing incident at a military post around the Anabta village near the city of Tulkarem came on the eve of an international meeting in Paris on reviving Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

"Moments ago an assailant, armed with a knife, attempted to stab a soldier at a military post near the village of Anabta," the army said in a statement.

"Forces responded to the immediate threat by shooting dead the attacker."

Palestinian media identified her as Ansar Hussam Harsha, from Qaffin, north of Tulkarem.

Violence since October has killed 206 Palestinians, 28 Israelis, two Americans, an Eritrean and a Sudanese national.

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

The violence has steadily declined in recent weeks, though attacks have continued.

Many analysts say Palestinian frustration with Israeli occupation and settlement building in the West Bank; the complete lack of progress in peace efforts and their own fractured leadership have fed the unrest.

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