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Palestinian killed after alleged stab attack in Israeli city of Netanya

June 30, 2016 7:46 P.M. (Updated: July 3, 2016 2:48 P.M.)
Photo Credit: Israeli Police, attack Jan. 25
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian was shot dead Thursday night by an Israeli civilian after allegedly carrying out a stabbing attack at a market in the Israeli coastal city of Netanya which left two Israelis wounded, according to Israeli sources, making it the second incident to result in a Palestinian being killed following an attack in less than 12 hours.

Israeli media reported that the unidentified Palestinian was shot and killed immediately following the attack, as an armed Israeli civilian near the scene opened fire on the man before Israeli security forces arrived.

Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told Ma'an that two Israelis were stabbed during the incident, and confirmed initial reports that the Palestinian was from the occupied West Bank district of Tulkarem.

The Palestinian who allegedly carried out the stabbing was later identified as 46-year-old Wael Abu Saleh, according to Israeli media.

According to a statement by Israeli police, the two Israelis, an Orthodox Jewish man in his 40s and a 62-year-old woman, were stabbed in the upper body and were receiving treatment at Israel’s Laniado Hospital, with one suffering from moderate wounds and the other in serious condition.

The statement added that initial investigations indicated that the assailant was a young Palestinian, who was “neutralized” following the attack and pronounced dead shortly after.

A Palestinian teenager was also killed on Thursday morning in an illegal Israeli settlement in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron after carrying out an attack against a 13-year-old Israeli girl who later succumbed to her wounds, with one other Israeli was wounded in the case.

More than 220 Palestinians have been killed by Israelis and some 31 Israelis have been killed by Palestinians since the a wave of unrest first swept across the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel in October.

Rights groups have denounced what they have termed a "shoot-to-kill" policy by the Israeli forces, which they say has led to the death of numerous Palestinians who did not constitute a threat or who could have been subdued in a non-lethal manner.
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