Two Israelis killed amid spate of West Bank attacks

Staff Gadi Eizenkot toured the scene of the shooting attack at the Assaf junction

Staff Gadi Eizenkot toured the scene of the shooting attack at the Assaf junction

Two occupation soldiers were killed and two others were critically injured in the drive-by shooting at a bus stop near Silwad, Israeli media reported adding that the attacker exited his vehicle and opened fire on Israelis standing at the bus stop. "IDF troops are searching the area". One soldier was slightly injured from a stone that hit his face.

A third incident on Thursday morning saw a man stab two Israeli border police in Jerusalem's Old City before being shot dead.

The Thursday shooting as well another stabbing attack in the occupied territories prompted the Israeli army to put the entire city of Ramallah on lockdown.

Over the past week, three Israelis - including a three-day-old infant - have died and more than a dozen have been wounded as a result of a spate of Palestinian attacks in the West Bank and Jerusalem. The attack is the second deadly shooting in less than a week.

Palestinians want the West Bank for a future state, along with East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip. Some Israeli-controlled roads were completely blocked to Palestinian traffic.

In response, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to "legalise" thousands of settlements homes considered unlawfully-built even by Israel.

"The climate created by the policy of repeated intrusions into the cities, the provocations against the sovereignty of the president and the lack of a horizon for peace are what led to this unacceptable series of violence that we condemn and reject", he said.

Adnan al-Damiri, spokesman for the Palestinian police, confirmed they prevented a pro-Hamas protest in Hebron, called initially to demonstrate against Israel. The Israeli military confirmed the overnight arrests. "We know that when there is one attack there may be others", he told reporters.

Commander of the Binyamin regional brigade Col. Sharon Assman at the scene of the attack at Assaf Junction.  IDF
Commander of the Binyamin regional brigade Col. Sharon Assman at the scene of the attack at Assaf Junction. IDF

Troops searched for the terrorists overnight in the Palestinian city of Ramallah, the Israel Defense Forces said.

The army did not say it had made arrests linked directly to the latest attack.

The attack came hours after security forces killed two Palestinian murder suspects. He also accused Israel of incitement against him.

A Palestinian was shot dead by Israeli forces during clashes in the West Bank on Friday, the Palestinian health ministry said.

The attacker, a 26-year-old Palestinian from the West Bank, was shot dead by the officers.

Israel accuses Naalweh of shooting to death two Israelis and wounding another at an attack in a West Bank industrial zone in October.

According to the IDF Spokesperson's Unit, "a fight broke out between the soldier and the assailant, who stabbed the soldier and struck him with a rock from a short distance".

"Forces apprehended 40 suspects wanted for their involvement in terror activities, popular terror and violent riots targeting civilians and security forces", an army statement said. Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, praised Thursday's shooting and confirmed that two people killed by Israel this week were members of its military wing.

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