Middle East

Israelis injured in new spate of stabbings

Scene of stabbing in Jerusalem (08/10/15) Image copyright EPA
Image caption Jerusalem and other places have seen a string of stabbing attacks on Israelis in recent days

Seven Israelis have been wounded and one suspected assailant killed in the latest spate of stabbing attacks.

Police said four Israelis were hurt in Tel Aviv before the suspected attacker was shot dead.

Another three Israelis were wounded in East Jerusalem, northern Israel and the West Bank, Israeli officials said.

Israeli forces targeting the house of a suspected attacker in the West Bank then shot dead a Palestinian as clashes began, Palestinian medics said.

Nine Israeli police officers were also injured in the clashes, Israel's Channel 2 TV said.

Four Israelis were shot or stabbed to death and three attackers killed in a series of attacks in the past week before Thursday's spate of stabbings.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu later said the country was facing a "wave of terror".

At a news conference, he said: "The terrorist extremists won't achieve anything, we thwart them and we will win."

The Israeli authorities have increased security in Jerusalem and the West Bank, and put in place temporary restrictions on Palestinian access to Jerusalem's Old City, in an effort to stop more attacks.

'Traumatised'

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Image caption The stabbing attack in Tel Aviv occurred across the road from the Kirya military compound

In Tel Aviv on Thursday, a female soldier and three civilians were stabbed and lightly wounded with a screwdriver. The male assailant was then chased and shot dead by an air force officer, police said.

The incident occurred across the road from the Kirya military compound.

The mother of the soldier who was stabbed told the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth: "I saw the terrorist running up to my daughter and stabbing her. I started screaming and crying and I understand that this was a terrorist attack.

"She sat on her gun so he couldn't steal it, and the other soldier ran after the terrorist. I'm in shock. I just spoke to her and she is traumatised."

Shortly afterwards, a Palestinian stabbed and seriously wounded a man near the Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba, close to the West Bank city of Hebron, the Israeli military said.

The attacker fled the scene and Israeli forces were searching the area, it added.

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Image caption Metal detectors have been placed at entrances to Jerusalem's Old City by the Israeli authorities

Hours earlier, a Jewish seminary student was seriously injured when he was stabbed in the neck by a Palestinian near a light rail station in the French Hill area of East Jerusalem, police said.

The assailant then reportedly fled the scene after attacking a security guard at the station and attempting to steal his weapon. He was eventually apprehended, police said.

Israeli security forces then shot dead a Palestinian man during clashes that erupted as they were moving towards the suspect's home, Palestinian medics said.

In yet another attack later on Thursday, an Israeli soldier was stabbed by an attacker in the northern Israeli town of Afula, police said.

They said the assailant - who was not identified - was arrested.

Tensions between Israel and Palestinians have soared in the past couple of weeks, with the attacks on Israelis following clashes between troops and Palestinian youths at a flashpoint holy compound in East Jerusalem.

Hundreds of Palestinians have been wounded and two shot dead, including a 13-year-old boy, in clashes with Israeli forces in the West Bank over the same period.