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14-year-old Palestinian girl stabs, lightly wounds Israeli cop

world Updated: Mar 04, 2016 01:29 IST
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A 14-year-old Palestinian girl stabbed and lightly wounded an Israeli policeman in a West Bank village on Thursday while gunshots fired elsewhere in the territory wounded another Israeli officer, according to Israeli authorities.

Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said the stabbing incident took place as officers were redirecting traffic around a fallen tree on a highway in the Palestinian village of Al-Auja, in the Jordan Valley of the West Bank.

The teen stabbed the officer in the shoulder, and he ran after her and arrested her without firing any shots, Samri said. Earlier, gunshots were fired at a police car near a Jewish settlement in the West Bank, lightly wounding another officer.

Troops searched the area for the shooter. Thursday’s incidents were the latest in more than five months of Israeli-Palestinian violence that have resulted in the deaths of 28 Israelis and at least 170 on the Palestinian side, the majority of whom Israel says were attackers.

Also Thursday, the armed wing of Islamic Hamas movement said one of its militants died accidentally while working in an attack tunnel in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip.

The Qassam Brigades identified the dead as Mohammed Astal, 31. It gave no further details. Fourteen Hamas militants have died in tunnel collapses so far in 2016.

In the 2014 Israeli war with Hamas, attack tunnels from the Gaza Strip into Israel proved to be a greater threat than rockets fired from the coastal enclave.

Israel sent in troops who destroyed more than 30 tunnels Hamas had dug across the border to carry out attacks against soldiers and civilians.

More than 2,200 Palestinians, about two-thirds of them civilians, were killed in the 50-day summer war. In Israel, 66 soldiers and seven civilians were killed. The border area has since remained largely quiet, but Hamas has boasted it has rebuilt its tunnel network.