Woman with knife shot in West Bank, stabber home to be demolished

A Palestinian woman was shot and injured as she tried to stab a settler near the northern West Bank settlement of Ariel, the military said Tuesday.

The Israeli civilian was not injured, as soldiers acted quickly, a military spokeswoman said. The alleged stabber was apprehended and taken to a civilian hospital in central Israel for treatment.

Israeli soldiers earlier entered the southern West Bank village of Bani Naim and handed a notice to the family of a Palestinian knife attacker that their home would be demolished as punishment for an attack last week.

In that attack, a Palestinian from the village stabbed to death a 13-year-old Israeli-US girl in her bed in a nearby settlement.

Rights groups have slammed the Israeli punitive measure of home demolitions as collective punishment illegal under international law.

The right-wing government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insists that the notion that their families will suffer is one of few measures at Israel's disposal to deter Palestinians willing to give their own lives to attack Israelis.

Israel and the Palestinian areas have suffered a wave of violence since October, including dozens of knife attacks launched by Palestinians protesting the ongoing occupation and perceived Israeli violations - denied by Israel - at a disputed Jerusalem holy site. 

The violence had appeared to have calmed down for several weeks, until two Palestinians killed four Israelis in a central Tel Aviv shooting attack in early June.

Since last week, there have been a number of fresh attacks.

More than 220 Palestinians - most of them knife attackers and other assailants - and more than 30 Israelis have been killed amid the violence.

Last update: Tue, 05/07/2016 - 18:54
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