Two Israelis wounded in stabbing attack : Police

AFP , Ahram Online , Saturday 19 Dec 2015

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File photo of Israeli security forces and forensic police inspect the site of a stabbing by a Palestinian against an Israeli man in Jerusalem on Oct. 8, 2015 (Photo:AFP)

A Palestinian youth from the occupied West Bank stabbed and wounded two Israelis north of Tel Aviv on Saturday before being apprehended, Israeli police said.

"A man is badly wounded and a woman lightly injured," a statement said. "The terrorist was caught by forces in the area."

The 20-year-old from the northern West Bank, who had entered Israel illegally, was found hiding in the yard of a house near the scene of the attack in the Israeli town of Raanana, police said.

Israeli rescue services said that the wounded man was in his 40s and the woman about 60 years old.

Since the beginning of October, Israel has killed over 116 Palestinians, the Palestinian health ministry said.

Palestinians have been protesting since the beginning of October against Israel's attempts to build more settlements in east Jerusalem and force out Arab residents of the city, which is the planned capital of a future Palestinian state.

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 is currently not allowed.

*This story was edited by Ahram Online

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