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Palestinian shot dead after stabbing Israeli soldier in Hebron

April 25, 2015 9:16 P.M. (Updated: April 26, 2015 2:40 P.M.)
Israeli soldiers at the entrance to the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron. (MaanImages/File)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian man was shot dead after stabbing an Israeli soldier at the Ibrahimi Mosque in the southern West Bank city of Hebron.

The mosque's director Munther Abu al-Failat told Ma'an he had been told by witnesses that the soldier was stabbed about three times before he shot back at the Palestinian.

Early reports in Israeli and Palestinian media named the Palestinian as Assad al-Salayma, although local sources told Ma'an the man, believed to be in his 20s, had not yet been identified.

AFP reported that Israeli soldiers had been preventing Palestinians from accessing the mosque when the incident took place.

Both the Israeli soldier and the Palestinian were moved from the mosque by ambulance, although the Palestinian was confirmed dead before he arrived at the hospital.

Israeli police said that the Israeli soldier received stab wounds in his head and chest, and described his condition as moderate. They said he is now in a Jerusalem hospital.

The incident comes less than a week after Israeli settlers raised the Israeli flag over the roof of the mosque in a bid to provoke local Palestinians.

The Ibrahimi Mosque, which is believed to be the burial place of the prophet Abraham, is of religious significance to both Muslims and Jews, and has historically been a flashpoint between Palestinians and Israelis, particularly after a Brooklyn-born Jewish settler massacred 29 Palestinians inside the mosque in 1994.

Around 700 settlers live in 80 homes in the city center of Hebron, surrounded by nearly 200,000 Palestinians.

The settlements -- illegal under international law -- are protected by the Israeli army in the tightly controlled city, where many streets are off limits to Palestinians.

Saturday's incident comes a day after a 17-year-old Palestinian was killed in East Jerusalem when he allegedly ran towards Israeli police officers "wielding" a knife.

There have been a spate of attacks on Israeli military and civilians in recent months, largely in the wake of Israeli activities across the occupied Palestinian Territories, including last summer's offensive on Gaza which left more than 2,200 Palestinians dead.

In the six months to the end of February, the UN reported that 17 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces and settlers across the West Bank and East Jerusalem, while 10 Israelis were killed in Palestinian attacks.

Thousands of Palestinians were injured by Israeli forces in the same period.

AFP contributed to this report.
Comments
Brian Cohen / Israel
I dunno, before 1948 wasn't the massacre of Jewish residents of Hebron by Palestinians against international law? And then when the Palestinians occupied the Jewish homes when the surviving Jews fled for their lives - also against intl law? Palestinian war crimes started long before 1948.
25/04/2015 22:19
John Cronin / UK
This death and all the others will solve nothing.
Israelis can't kill every Palestinian and Palestinians can't kill every Israeli.
Then it must be time to demonstrate a real grasp of what's happening and to take those measures that will most definitely resolve the matter.

www.laxiankey.com�-- the answer is to kill the situation, not the people trapped inside it.
26/04/2015 14:20
@ John (UK) / USA
The ONLY "measures that will most definitely resolve the matter"
are TALKS, NEGOTIATIONS, AND COMPROMISE, but
Palestinians seem unlikely to ever be interested again (if they were ever truly interested at all), so Arab Terrorism will e met with Israel Self-Defense Possibly Forever !!
26/04/2015 17:08
Rachamim Dwek / Sussiya, Israel
The article is incorrect. "700 Settlers" do NOT "live among 200,000 Palestinians." Per Oslo II 28,000 Jews (Kiryat Arba is contogious) live amongst 29,000 Arabs in H2. A tad bit different, especially when by law Jews cant live or work in H1, where 160,000 Arabs have the entire sector.
04/05/2015 12:58
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