Since October 1st, a wave of deadly terror attacks has spread across Israel and the West Bank, leaving 11 Israelis dead and over 100 injured. At least 59 Palestinians have died, of which 36 are confirmed to have been killed during or after committing an act of terror. A number of Palestinians have been killed in violent clashes with Israeli security forces in the West Bank and Gaza, after stone throwing and Molotov cocktail attacks.
Today, an Israeli man in his 20s sustained moderate injuries after being stabbed near the Ammunition Hill light rail station on Bar-Lev Street by a 23-year-old resident of East Jerusalem. A second man was injured by police gunfire when security forces tried to subdue the attacker, who was shot and critically wounded.
This morning, two Palestinian men attempted to stab a group of Border Police officers at the Tapuah Junction in the West Bank on Friday morning and were shot by security forces. One of the assailants died of his wounds and the other was in critical condition, according to police. The Border Police troops were not hurt in the attempted attack.
Two Israeli women were also hurt today in separate stone-throwing attacks in Jerusalem and the West Bank.
Yesterday, a Palestinian man attempted to stab an IDF soldier in Hebron, in the second such attack of the day. The soldier was not hurt in the attack, which took place in the city’s Beit Hadassah neighborhood. The assailant was shot by security services, and police reported that he died of his wounds.
The attack came just four hours after an IDF soldier was lightly wounded in a similar stabbing attack in the city, near the Tomb of the Patriarchs on the road between the West Bank city and the adjacent Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba. According to police, the incident occurred during a violent demonstration. A Palestinian man armed with a knife approached Israeli forces. He stabbed one of the IDF soldiers, slicing his face. The soldier recovered from the blow and fought back. The attacker then tried to assault a Border Police officer and was shot to death.
On Tuesday, Israeli security forces discovered an explosive device in a bin on a busy Tel Aviv intersection, which was intended to cause mass casualties. Earlier this week, an attack by Palestinian teens in Jerusalem was also foiled by police.
This week, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called on Palestinian leaders to “cease the incitement of violence and to offer something more than rhetoric”.