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Israeli guard critically wounded in settlement stabbing

Feb. 26, 2016 10:40 A.M. (Updated: Feb. 26, 2016 6:46 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- An Israeli security guard was critically wounded in a stabbing allegedly carried out by a Palestinian in the illegal Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim east of Jerusalem overnight Thursday.

Israeli police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld said that at around 1:30 a.m., a Palestinian armed with a knife repeatedly stabbed the 48-year-old security guard inside a shopping mall in the settlement before fleeing the scene.

The security guard was evacuated to Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem in critical condition.

A spokesperson for the hospital said Friday that he had undergone hours of surgery lasting until 7 a.m. and his life remained at risk.

Rosenfeld said Israeli forces were searching the area. Palestinian workers have been banned from entering the settlement until at least Sunday.

There have been a number of attacks carried out by Palestinians in or close to Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank since the beginning of the year.

On Jan. 25, two Palestinian youths were shot dead after stabbing to death a 24-year-old Israeli woman in the illegal Beit Horon settlement near Jerusalem.

A few days before, on Jan. 22, 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.

However, the majority of Palestinians attacks since a wave of unrest swept the occupied territory in October last year have been directed at Israeli military forces deployed in the West Bank.

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