Israeli soldier, several settlers injured in West Bank operations
Israeli military forces have shot and martyred a Palestinian man after he allegedly stabbed several Israeli settlers in the central part of the West Bank as tensions have been rising across the Occupied Territories in recent weeks.
Palestinian sources, citing Israeli media outlets, reported that eight people were injured in the attack at the Beit Sira checkpoint, located 22 kilometers (13 miles) southwest of Ramallah.
According to Press TV, the Zaka emergency service said the alleged Palestinian assailant, whose identity is not yet known, has been fatally shot.
Earlier in the day, an Israeli soldier was injured in a car-ramming attack near the town of Huwara in the northern West Bank.
Local sources said Israeli soldiers shot the attacker and severely wounded him.
The developments came a week after the Israeli army martyred a Palestinian teenager during a raid near the northern occupied West Bank city of Jenin.
The Palestinian Health Ministry identified the youth at the time as 17-year-old Odai Trad Salah, and said he was shot in the head in the village of Kufr Dan on the western outskirts of Jenin.
On September 12, Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh warned that the intensified Israeli military crackdown in the Occupied Territories will inevitably push the West Bank to the verge of a major explosion, arguing that Israeli factions are fueling the violence for the sake of their own political interests.
Israel is hiding behind the absence of a political horizon and the world’ preoccupation with the fallout of the Ukraine conflict. The legislative elections, which will be held on November 1, cannot cover up the Israeli regime’s crimes, Shtayyeh said at the opening of a weekly cabinet session in the central West Bank city of Ramallah.
He called on the international community to wake up and look at what Israel is doing to the “oppressed and occupied” Palestinian nation.