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Israeli forces shoot, injure Palestinian man in West Bank

Israeli military forces stand near the site of an alleged stabbing attack outside the illegal Efrat settlement in the occupied West Bank on September 18, 2016.

Israeli military forces have shot and injured a Palestinian man after he allegedly stabbed and wounded an Israeli soldier near an illegal settlement in the occupied West Bank.

Israeli media reported that the incident occurred at around 6 a.m. local time (0300 GMT) on Sunday near the entrance to Efrat settlement, located 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) south of Jerusalem al-Quds.

The reports said a Palestinian man, believed to be nearly 30 years old, stabbed a 22-year-old Israeli trooper “near the armpit.”

Israeli soldiers at the scene then opened fire in response. An unnamed Israeli medical official said the Palestinian man was moderately injured.

On Saturday morning, a Palestinian youth was shot dead after allegedly conducting a stabbing attack at a security checkpoint near the Tel Rumeida neighborhood in the West Bank city of al-Khalil (Hebron), located 30 kilometers (19 miles) south of Jerusalem al-Quds.

The development came only a day after a Palestinian man was shot and killed over an alleged stabbing attack in the same southern West Bank city.

Earlier on Friday, Israeli soldiers opened fire from close range at a pickup truck near the entrance to the illegal Kiryat Arba settlement, located on the outskirts of al-Khalil, killing a man and wounding a woman on board.

The incident took place shortly after the Israeli forces shot and killed a young man, who was reported to be a Jordanian national, at the Damascus Gate to the Old City of Jerusalem al-Quds.

The Israeli police said they saw the 28-year-old man coming towards them with a knife drawn, and opened fire.

The occupied Palestinian territories have witnessed new tensions ever since Israeli forces imposed restrictions on the entry of Palestinian worshipers into the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East Jerusalem al-Quds in August 2015.

More than 240 Palestinians have lost their lives at the hands of Israeli forces in the tensions since the beginning of last October.

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