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Few details emerge in wake of Givat Zeev settlement stabbing attack

Jan. 28, 2016 6:20 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 28, 2016 6:20 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Details remained scarce a day after Israeli police reported that a young Palestinian stabbed an Israeli man near an illegal Jerusalem-area settlement, with little information available on the identity and motives of the attacker.

Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told Ma’an on Thursday that the victim was a 35-year-old Israeli man who was stabbed twice in the upper body while at a gas station outside the illegal settlement of Givat Zeev, north of Jerusalem.

Rosenfeld added that the unidentified Palestinian suspect was “arrested at the scene” and was injured in the process.

Israeli police spokeswoman Luba al-Samri said on Wednesday that the suspected attacker was an 18-year-old Palestinian from the occupied West Bank village of Bir Nabala, northeast of Jerusalem.

The youth was chased down and held by witnesses before being detained by Israeli police following the incident, al-Samri said.

A spokesperson for the Shaare Zedek Hospital told Ma’an Thursday that the Israeli man had been admitted to the intensive care unit “in a very critical situation” and had lost a lot of blood, but that his condition had now stabilized after being operated.

The Palestinian teenager was taken to the Hadassah Hospital for several hours on Wednesday night before being handed over to Israeli police custody, a hospital spokesperson told Ma’an.

She added that he spent “just a few hours” in the emergency room to treat unspecified “very light wounds.”

Anonymous sources identified the Palestinian youth as 18-year-old Obada Aziz Abu Ras, although the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society said they could not confirm the young man's identity or where he was being detained.

The incident was one of a number of attacks to be carried out over the past week in or close to Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.

On Monday, a stabbing attack took place in the illegal Beit Horon settlement, also near Jerusalem, resulting in the death of a 24-year-old Israeli woman as well as the injury of a middle-aged Israeli woman.

The perpetrators of the attack, a 17-year-old from Qalandiya refugee camp and a youth in his 20s from the village of Beit Ur al-Tahta, were both shot dead on site by an Israeli security guard.

A few days before, on Friday, a 13-year-old Palestinian girl was shot dead after Israeli police said she attempted to stab an Israeli security guard outside the illegal settlement of Anatot northeast of Jerusalem.

The week before, two attacks were carried out in occupied West Bank settlements, one of which resulted in the death of an Israeli woman.

Until last week, most Palestinians attacks since a wave of unrest swept the occupied territory in October had been directed at Israeli military forces deployed in the West Bank.

More than 160 Palestinians and 20 Israelis have been killed since October.
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