An Israeli soldier was stabbed and wounded Friday in the West Bank, the army said.
The military said the attacker was “neutralized”, which usually means killed, but declined to elaborate. The attacker approached a group of soldiers and stabbed one of them before a soldier shot him. The injured soldier was taken to hospital for treatment.
There was no immediate comment from the Palestinian Health Ministry and the identity of the attacker was not known.
Palestinians have carried out dozens of stabbing, shooting and ramming attacks in recent years. A series of deadly attacks earlier this year killed 19 people.
Meanwhile, the Israeli military has carried out near-night raids in the West Bank which it says are aimed at dismantling militant networks. The Palestinians say the operations are aimed at maintaining Israel’s 55-year military occupation of territory they want for an independent state.
Israel captured the West Bank in the 1967 Middle East War and built more than 130 settlements that are home to nearly 500,000 Jewish settlers. Some 3 million Palestinians live in the West Bank, which the Palestinians want as the main building block of their future state.
Friday’s attack occurred near the sprawling Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba, which borders the city of Hebron, home to more than 200,000 Palestinians.
Israel regards the West Bank as the historical and biblical heart of the Jewish people. Palestinians see settlements as the main obstacle to peace, and most countries consider them illegal.
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