Israeli military shoots, kills suspected Palestinian stabber
Palestinian protesters throw stones at Israeli troops during clashes following a demonstration to demand the release of bodies of Palestinian attackers being held by Israeli authorities, in the West Bank city of Ramallah - AP

JERUSALEM: The Israeli military says it has shot and killed a Palestinian who was trying to stab an Israeli pedestrian at a busy West Bank junction.

Another Israeli who was nearby was lightly wounded in the shooting.

The attack is the latest in a wave of violence that erupted in mid-September over tensions at a Jerusalem holy site.

Since then, 19 Israelis have been killed in Palestinian attacks, mostly stabbings and shootings. At least 99 Palestinians have been killed, including 64 said by Israel to be attackers. The others died in clashes with Israeli forces.

Israel says the violence stems from Palestinian incitement and incendiary videos on social media. The Palestinians say the violence is rooted in frustration over a lack of hope for obtaining independence.


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