Palestinian attempts to stab Israelis in West Bank, is shot

AFP , Sunday 13 Dec 2015

A Palestinian woman attempted to stab Israelis near the southern West Bank settlement of Kiryat Arab on Sunday before being shot, police and the army claimed.

"A stabbing attempt was thwarted," the Israeli army said in a statement, adding that the assailant was "shot" without providing her condition.

The current wave of protests by Palestinians and repression by Israeli occupation forces started in late July when toddler Ali Dawabsha was burned to death and three other Palestinians were severely injured after their house in the occupied West Bank was set on fire by Israeli settlers.

Palestinian protests were also triggered by an increase in Jewish visitors to Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque, which is considered the third holiest site in Islam. Palestinians fear that Israel is preparing to allow Jewish prayers in the mosque, which are not currently allowed.

Settlement-building, racial discrimination, confiscation of identity cards, long queues at checkpoints, as well as daily clashes and the desecration of Al-Aqsa mosque, have been Palestinians' daily routine.

The anger of Palestinian residents of Jerusalem has increased in the last three years after the Israeli authorities allowed increasing numbers of Jewish settlers to storm the Al-Aqsa mosque.

*The story has been edited by Ahram Online.

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