Israeli forces shoot knife-wielding Palestinian in West Bank

2017-09-13 14:15:58 GMT2017-09-13 22:15:58(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

JERUSALEM, Sept. 13 (Xinhua) -- A Palestinian was shot and wounded by Israeli troops after he allegedly tried to perpetrate a stabbing attack near a West Bank settlement on Wednesday afternoon, a military spokesperson said.

The incident took place at the Elias Junction, near the entrance to the Israeli settlement of Kiryat Arba, the spokesperson said in a statement.

"A Palestinian ran towards a bus stop at the Elias Junction, attempting to commit a stabbing attack with a knife," the statement read.

An Israeli soldier opened fire at the suspect and injured him, who was then taken to a hospital in central Israel in a moderate-to-serious condition.

The identity of the suspect was not disclosed.

No Israelis were injured in the incident, the spokesperson added.

In August, Israeli forces shot to death a 17-year-old Palestinian in the same junction after he pulled out a knife during a security check-up.

The incidents came amidst a wave of violence in Israel and the West Bank, which have claimed the lives of at least 293 Palestinians, 48 Jewish Israelis, two U.S. nationals, a British tourist, and two African asylum seekers since September 2015.

Israel accuses the Palestinian National Authority of "inciting" the unrest. The Palestinians say it is the result of 50 years of Israeli occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, home to more than 5 million Palestinians.

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