Palestinian stabs three Israelis in the West Bank, shot dead

 Palestinian stabs three Israelis in the West Bank, shot dead

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A Palestinian assailant entered an Israeli settlement in the occupied West Bank on Thursday, stabbed three people and was then shot and killed, the Israeli military said.

Medics were treating three people, the Israeli ambulance service Magen David Adom said. One of them was in a critical condition and another sustained serious injuries. The third person was lightly wounded.

"A terrorist infiltrated into the community and stabbed three civilians. The terrorist was shot and killed," the Israeli military said.

Israel Radio said the assailant was shot by the security team of the settlement, Adam, which lies between Jerusalem and the West Bank city of Ramallah. There was no immediate comment from Palestinian officials.

Israeli-Palestinian tensions have surged in the past few months.

At least 140 Palestinians have been killed in the Gaza Strip by Israeli fire in weekly border demonstrations. Israel says Hamas, the Islamist group that rules Gaza is using the protests as cover for a cross-border attacks. Hamas denies this.

Palestinian militants have in recent weeks fired hundreds of rockets into Israel from Gaza and have opened fire at Israeli troops across the border, killing one soldier and drawing fatal Israeli air and tank strikes.

Peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians collapsed in 2014 and a bid by the U.S. administration to restart them has so far shown little sign of progress.

Palestinians want to establish a state in the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and East Jerusalem, territories Israel captured in the 1967 Middle East war.

Israel pulled out of Gaza in 2005, annexed East Jerusalem in a move not recognised internationally and maintains control over more than half the West Bank, where the Palestinians have limited self-rule.

(Reporting by Maayan Lubell; Editing by Alison Williams)

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Updated Date: Jul 27, 2018 01:05:47 IST