Palestinian woman stabs Israeli soldier in West Bank

Indo Asian News Service

Jerusalem, April 24 (IANS) A day after a knife-wielding Palestinian teen injured four people in Tel Aviv, a Palestinian woman on Monday stabbed and injured a woman soldier at a West Bank checkpoint, police said.

The incident took place at the Kalandia checkpoint in east of Jerusalem, Xinhua news agency reported.

Police spokeswoman Luba Samri identified the suspect as a 39-year-old woman from Ramallah city.

According to a police statement, the suspect waited for a security check at Kalandia.

She approached a soldier, saying she wanted to ask her something. She then pulled a knife out of her bag and stabbed her. "She was arrested and taken for interrogation," Samri said.

The incident was the latest in a wave of violence that has claimed the lives of at least 241 Palestinians, 41 Israelis, two US nationals, a British tourist and two African asylum seekers since September 2015.

On Sunday, an 18-year-old resident of Nablus city in the central West Bank stabbed four Israelis near Tel Aviv's promenade.

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 five million Palestinians.

--IANS

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