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2 Palestinians shot after stab attack leaves 1 Israeli killed, 1 injured

Feb. 18, 2016 5:18 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 19, 2016 2:14 P.M.)
Photo Credit: Israeli Police spokesperson
Correction appended.

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Two 14-year-old Palestinians were shot and critically injured after carrying out a stab attack that left one Israeli killed and one injured in the Rami Levi supermarket located in the Shaare Benyamin industrial complex northwest of Jerusalem in the occupied West Bank.

Israeli police spokesperson Luba al-Samri said that two Palestinians “infiltrated” the illegal Israeli settlement and entered the supermarket before stabbing the two Israelis, aged 17 and 21.

Both Palestinians were shot and critically injured by an armed civilian present at the scene, al-Samri said.

The police spokesperson initially reported both Palestinians dead.

The 21-year-old Israeli died from stab wounds in the upper body and torso shortly after. The Israeli army later identified the man as Tuvia Weissman, an Israeli soldier and resident of the illegal Maale Mikhmas settlement.

Local sources identified the Palestinians as Ayham Bassam Ibrahim Subih, and Omar Salim Rimawi, both 14-year-old residents of the Ramallah-area town of Beituniya.

Israeli emergency medical service Magen David Adom said medics treated one Israeli in severe condition and another who was in moderate condition. The two were transferred to Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem.

An Israeli settler in his forties was stabbed and injured in a Rami Levi supermarket in the same illegal settlement on Nov. 6.

A wave of small-scale attacks carried out by Palestinian individuals in the occupied Palestinian territory -- predominantly on Israeli military targets -- have increasing targeting illegal settlements this month.

Attacks have left over 25 Israelis dead since Oct. 1, with the majority of suspected Palestinian attackers shot dead on site. Over 170 Palestinians have been killed during the same period, many under disputed circumstances.

Five Palestinians were shot dead earlier this week on Sunday during three separate alleged attacks on Israeli military in occupied East Jerusalem, Bethlehem, and Jenin.

No Israelis were injured in any of the incidents.

International bodies have attempted to quell the ongoing violence through urging restraint by both Israeli and Palestinian leadership.

Palestinian leadership has remained markedly absent from the recent unrest, and the majority of attacks have been carried out by young Palestinians unaffiliated to any political faction.

Israeli authorities meanwhile have launched closures of Palestinian roads, villages, and entire districts in response to recent attacks in what the army has referred to as necessary “security measures.”

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon addressing recent events in the territories last month said the new year had begun as 2015 ended -- "with unacceptable levels of violence and a polarized public discourse across the spectrum in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory."

While condemning attacks carried out by Palestinians, Ban said that Israeli security measures were failing to "address the profound sense of alienation and despair driving some Palestinians -- especially young people."

The Secretary-General continued that it was “human nature” for Palestinians to react violently to Israel’s decades-long military occupation, and urged change in Israel’s policies in the occupied area.

Photo Credit: Magen David Adom

This version corrects the age of the Israeli killed following the attack to 21, not 35 as initially reported by the police spokesperson.
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