Israeli soldiers stand near a covered body at the scene of a car-ramming near the West Bank Jewish settlement of Tapuach south of Nablus yesterday.
Unrest had appeared to be declining over the past few days, but several attacks on Friday as well as clashes between Israeli security forces and Palestinians shattered the lull
Car-ramming and stabbing attacks wounded six Israelis in the West Bank yesterday while two alleged Palestinian assailants were shot, authorities said, the latest in a weeks-long wave of violence.
While violence had waned somewhat in recent days, the new attacks signalled that knife, gun and car assaults that began at the start of October were set to continue despite tough Israeli security measures.
The latest unrest came as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu left for Washington yesterday to meet US President Barack Obama.
In the first incident, a Palestinian rammed a group of Israelis with a car at a junction, wounding four of them, and was then killed by security forces, police said.
The alleged attacker was said to have driven the car into an area south of Nablus where Israelis typically gather to hitch rides. A checkpoint is located nearby and Israeli border police opened fire.
Israeli public radio said two of the injured were in a serious condition.
Later, a Palestinian woman stabbed a security guard near a West Bank settlement and was shot by the victim, the Israeli police and army said.
The incident occurred at the entrance to the Beitar Illit settlement south of Jerusalem. A hospital spokeswoman described the woman’s condition as serious and said she was being treated in intensive care.
The third incident saw an Israeli settler stabbed while shopping in the West Bank village of Nabi Ilyas, with two alleged Palestinian assailants fleeing afterwards, the Israeli defence ministry said.
The victim, aged around 50, was stabbed in the stomach but managed to drive to a nearby checkpoint and was taken for medical treatment, authorities said. He lives in the Immanuel settlement in the West Bank.
Attacks since the start of October have left 73 Palestinians dead, around half of them alleged attackers. Nine Israelis and one Arab Israeli have also been killed.
Violent protests have also erupted in East Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
Unrest had appeared to be declining over the past few days, but several attacks on Friday as well as clashes between Israeli security forces and Palestinians shattered the lull.
Much of the violence has been in the West Bank city of Hebron, where two Israelis were shot and wounded on Friday at a flashpoint holy site.
Yesterday, there was also violence across southern Israel’s border with Gaza.
A rocket fired from the Palestinian enclave slammed into open ground in Israel, but caused no apparent casualties, the Israeli army said in a statement.
Netanyahu’s meeting with Obama will be centred on US defence aid to Israel following the July nuclear accord between major powers and Iran, but the violence between Israelis and Palestinians is also expected to be discussed.
At the start of a cabinet meeting yesterday, Netanyahu said he will discuss with Obama “possible progress with the Palestinians, or at least stabilising the situation with them, and, of course, strengthening the security of the state of Israel”.
Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported that Netanyahu planned to unveil measures to calm tensions in the West Bank during his meeting with Obama, and that these may include removing some checkpoints and easing certain restrictions on movement.
Many of the attacks have been carried out by young Palestinians fed up with Israel’s occupation and who appear to be acting on their own. They have defied calls for peaceful resistance from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
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