Israeli forces search the Palestinian village of Haris in the occupied West Bank on November 15, 2022 following an attack in which a Palestinian killed two Israelis. AFP
The Palestinian Health Ministry announced that a Mohamed Sami 18-year-old, was shot dead by Israeli forces in the industrial zone of Ariel settlement northwest of the West Bank, according to the Palestinian Civil Affairs Authority, the Palestinian news agency (WAFA) reported.
The Israeli occupation forces claimed that Sami had carried out a stabbing attack in the settlement of Ariel, which led to the killing of three and four wounded settlers, WAFA said.
The Israeli Magen David Adom paramedic service confirmed the two were killed in the settlement of Ariel.
The four wounded were hospitalized in serious condition.
It was the latest attack in a wave of Israeli-Palestinian violence this year that has seen Palestinian attackers target Israeli civilians and near-nightly Israeli arrest raids that have fueled unrest in the occupied territory.
The Israeli military said the Palestinian first attacked the Israelis at the entrance to the settlement's industrial zone, then proceeded to a nearby gas station and stabbed more people there.
The army said the man then stole a car, intentionally collided with a car on a nearby highway and struck another person, before fleeing the scene on foot.
It said the attacker was shot by a soldier, and that troops were searching the area for additional suspects.
Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid sent condolences to the families of those killed in the attack and said Israel was ``fighting terror nonstop and full force.''
``Our security forces are working around the clock to protect Israeli citizens and harm terror infrastructure everywhere, all the time,'' he said.
This year's surge in Israeli-Palestinian violence in the West Bank and east Jerusalem has killed at least 25 people on the Israeli side and more than 130 Palestinians, making 2022 the deadliest since 2006.
The Palestinian Ministry of Health stated that the Palestinian death toll from the beginning of the year until this morning has reached 198, including 52 in the Gaza Strip.
The Palestinians say the raids undermine their security forces and are aimed at cementing Israel's open-ended 55-year occupation of lands they want for their hoped-for state.
Hundreds of Palestinians have been rounded up in such raids, with many placed in so-called administrative detention, which allows Israel to hold them without trial or charge.