Israeli stabbed to death by Palestinian in West Bank attack

Israeli security forces at the scene of a stabbing attack in the Jewish settlement of Adam north of Jerusalem

Israeli security forces at the scene of a stabbing attack in the Jewish settlement of Adam north of Jerusalem

"The enemy shall pay a high price in blood for the crime which it commits daily against the rights of our people and our fighters", said the al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas.

A 17-year-old Palestinian crept into the settlement of Adam on Thursday night and stabbed Yotam Ovadia, 31, to death.

Israeli army spokesman Jonathan Conricus said that around 8.50PM local time the assailant jumped over the fence that surrounded the settlement and stabbed two passers-by.

The three men were killed on Wednesday by Israeli artillery fire targeting a Hamas military base near the border east of Gaza City.

Israelis have faced a wave of Palestinian attacks, mostly stabbings, on civilians and soldiers over the past two years but these types of assaults have declined recently.

The minister had already vowed to boost the construction project in May, just a week after dozens of Palestinian protesters were killed and more than 2,000 were injured by the IDF during protests against Israeli occupation near the Gaza border.

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Some 300 Palestinians - a lot of them assailants, Israel says - have also been killed in that period, according to news agencies. "We can't stay silent in front of the cruel and bloody Israeli occupation's leadership".

Israel says Palestinian incitement has fuelled the attacks.

Thursday's attack comes amid recurrent violence between the Israeli army and Palestinian groups in the besieged Gaza Strip.

Attacks against Israelis in the West Bank are supported by many Palestinians as pushing back against settlement growth.

Israel's settlement construction in the occupied West Bank is regarded as illegal under global law.

There are also some 100 outposts - small settlements built without the government's authorisation.

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