Israeli authorities arrested two Palestinians who killed three people in an attack last week after they were shot by Israeli soldiers trying to cross a security fence near a military checkpoint in the occupied West Bank. A Palestinian man was killed.
The Israeli military said soldiers “attempted to illegally cross a security fence” and opened fire on a suspect near the northern West Bank city of Tulkarm. It said the man was evacuated to receive medical treatment, but declined to comment on the person’s condition. The Palestinian Health Ministry confirmed the man’s death.
In another incident, a Palestinian man allegedly stabbed an Israeli police officer outside the Old City of Jerusalem. Police said the man with the knife stabbed the policeman, and other officers at the scene near the Damascus Gate shot the attacker.
Paramedics said the officer was admitted to the hospital in moderate condition. The condition of the attacker was not immediately clear.
Sunday’s events were the latest in a string of violent incidents in recent weeks, including deadly attacks inside Israel, an Israeli military crackdown in the West Bank, and a clash between Israeli police and Palestinians at a major holy site in Jerusalem holy to Jews and Muslims. conflicts were involved.
Earlier on Sunday, Israeli police said forces captured two Palestinians who killed three people last week with a knife attack and fled the scene, triggering a massive search and keeping the country on the edge.
Two attackers stabbed the ultra-Orthodox city of Elad on Thursday, Israel’s Independence Day, killing three and injuring at least four others.
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett told his cabinet that the forces had captured “the instigators who kill the terrorists with axes and unimaginable brutality”.
He said Israel was entering “a new phase in the war on terror”, and added that Israel was setting up a civilian National Guard that would be deployed in emergency situations such as the one the country has done in recent weeks. have seen attacks.
“The main goal of the Israeli government is to restore personal security to Israeli citizens,” he said.
A joint statement by police, the military and the Shin Bet Internal Security Agency said the men, identified as 19- and 20-year-old Palestinians, were apprehended by special forces near a mine not far from Elad after a search began on Thursday. had gone. Commando units use helicopters and other means.
Images in Israeli media showed masked security forces facing men, who were seen under a green bush on a rough patch of land.
As forces scoured the area in search of men, police called on the public to avoid the area, and urged Israel to report suspicious vehicles or people to them.
Police said the attackers were from near the occupied West Bank city of Genin, which has re-emerged as a militant stronghold in the latest wave of violence – the worst Israel has seen in years. Many of the attackers in the recent violence have come from Jenin.
The Israeli military said it had begun preparations to demolish the homes of two suspects in the village of Rummana. Israel says a policy of demolishing the homes of Palestinians who killed Israelis serves to deter attackers, while rights groups say it amounts to collective punishment.
At least 18 Israelis have been killed in five attacks since March, including another stabbing in southern Israel, two shootings in the Tel Aviv region and last weekend’s shootings in a West Bank settlement.
About 30 Palestinians have been killed in the violence – most of whom carried out attacks or were involved in confrontations with Israeli forces in the West Bank. But those killed also included an unarmed woman and two eyewitnesses, and rights groups say Israel often uses excessive force.
The violence has been fueled by tensions at the top of the Jerusalem hill, sacred to both Muslims and Jews, where Palestinians have recently clashed with Israeli police.
The Al-Aqsa Mosque complex is the third holiest site in Islam and is built on top of a hill that is the holiest site for Jews, who refer to it as the Temple Mount. It is at the emotional center of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.