Stabbings and shootings across Jerusalem and the West Bank

Stabbings and shootings across Jerusalem and the West Bank
By Catherine Hardy with REUTERS, APTN
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At least two people have been killed and several others injured in attacks at a supermarket and outside Jerusalem's Old City.

  • Palestinian shot dead outside Jerusalem Old City
  • Hundreds attend funeral of stabbed Israeli soldier

The news


Israeli security services have shot dead a Palestinian man after he stabbed two police officers outside Jerusalem’s Old City on Friday.

Two Israelis injured, Palestinian attacker killed in #Jerusalem (AFP pic)

— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) February 19, 2016

The two officers, who are in their twenties, were lightly wounded.

The attacker is thought to be a 20-year-old from East Jerusalem.

A female bystander is believed to have been injured when the security forces opened fire.

West Bank stabbing

Terror victim's wife at funeral: 'You didn’t have a gun but you ran…

— The Jerusalem Post (@Jerusalem_Post) February 19, 2016

It comes a day after a 21-year-old off-duty soldier was stabbed to death in the West Bank.

A second person was seriously wounded in the attack, which was carried out by two Palestinian youths.

Off-duty IDF soldier killed in West Bank stabbing attack laid to rest…

— The Jerusalem Post (@Jerusalem_Post) February 19, 2016

Hundreds of Israelis turned out on Friday for the funeral of Sergeant Tuvia Weissman.

Rising tension – the context

This latest wave of violence began last October.

It has been fuelled by factors including a dispute over Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque.

Report: #Israel started building 1,800 house in West Bank Jewish #settlements in 2015

— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) February 14, 2016

The growth of Jewish settlements on land Palestinians have earmarked for an independent state is another major source of disagreement.

  • 28 Israeli citizens have been killed by Palestinians
  • A US citizen has also been killed

Israel says young Palestinians are being incited to violence by their leaders and by Islamist groups calling for Israel’s destruction.

  • 164 Palestinians, many of whom were teenagers, have been killed by Israeli security forces
  • Israel says 108 were attackers
  • The others died during violent protests

Palestinian leaders say that, with no breakthrough on the horizon, desperate youngsters see no future ahead.

What they are saying

“The terrorist attacked a police team from behind, stabbed and lightly wounded them. The team responded with gunfire and neutralised teh terrorist.”Luba Samri, Israeli police spokesperson.

“This is a new, troubling phase. Israeli and Palestinian leaders must provide a political horizon to their people and reject incitement by extremists in their own camps.”Nickolay Mladenov, UN envoy on Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking, briefing UN Security Council on Thursday.

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