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3 injured in stabbing attack north of Tel Aviv, suspect detained

Dec. 19, 2015 4:13 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 20, 2015 3:03 P.M.)
Israeli security forces and forensic police inspect the site of a stabbing by a Palestinian against an Israeli man in Jerusalem on Oct. 8, 2015 (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli, File)
RAANANA, Israel (Ma’an) -- A Palestinian from the occupied West Bank injured three Israelis in a stabbing attack in the town of Raanana north of Tel Aviv, Israeli police said.

Israeli police spokesperson Luba al-Samri said in a statement that a 20-year-old Palestinian from the village of Tammum was arrested after stabbing and moderately injuring one, and leaving two other victims lightly injured.

The suspect initially fled the scene after the attack, but was located by Israeli police with the assistance of witnesses on site, al-Samri said.

Israeli media reported that the attacker was shot on scene, however Israeli police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld was unable to confirm to Ma’an if the suspect was injured.

Checkpoints were reportedly erected on main roads leading in and out of Raanana following the attack.

Tammun -- the suspect’s hometown -- is located northeast of Nablus in the northern occupied West Bank.

Near-daily carried out by Palestinian individuals on Israeli military and civilians began at the start of October and have continued through into December.

Nineteen Israelis have been killed in the attacks and around 200 injured since Oct. 1, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

At least 125 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces and settlers during the same time period, and well over 11,000 injured.

The circumstances of several deaths continue to be disputed as investigations by rights groups have revealed excessive use of force and extrajudicial killing by Israeli forces against Palestinians who posed no threat at the time they were killed.

The wave of attacks has been accompanied by a series of measures taken by Israel on Palestinian communities in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem including mass arrests, severe restrictions on movement, withholding Palestinian bodies from their families, and punitive home demolition.

Despite harsh repercussions, a Palestinian poll center earlier this week reported that 67 percent of Palestinians support the use of knife attacks to confront Israel, while around half think current violence will escalate into an armed Intifada.

The “Oslo generation” -- Palestinian youth who grew up in the wake of the Oslo Accords and their subsequent failure to end the Israeli military occupation -- constitute the most supportive sector in the Palestinian populace for a return to armed resistance.

While the Fatah-dominated Palestinian Liberation Organization rejected armed struggle in 1993, PLO leadership and the PA have yet to publicly condemn the wave of attacks.

International actors have condemned the attacks, but have also stressed that Israeli policies continue to push the region away from peace.

Senior UN official Miroslav Jenca said earlier this week that a comprehensive strategy necessary to reduce violence must not rely entirely on “enhanced security measures,” but “must also address the primary elements motivating Palestinian anger.”

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