World Bulletin/News Desk
Two Palestinian civilians were injured on Monday after they were attacked by armed Israeli settlers near the northern West Bank city of Nablus. In a separate incident, a Palestinian man stabbed and shot dead an Israeli settler in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday, the Israeli ambulance service and police said.
It was the first time an Israeli has been killed by a Palestinian in the West Bank since 2011. Nine Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces in the West Bank since the beginning of the year in various incidents.
Israeli media said the Palestinian man was standing at a bus stop used by settlers, Israeli soldiers and Palestinians at a junction near the Palestinian city of Nablus. He then stabbed the settler, before seizing the man's gun and shooting him.
The Palestinian then began shooting at security services who arrived on the scene, Israeli police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld said. He added that the man was in custody.
Meanwhile, Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activity in the Northern West Bank, told Ma'an that three religious settlers from Itamar raided Beit Furik and attacked residents with "sharp tools," causing head injuries to two residents.
Fawzi Nasasra, 60, and Abdul Rahman Khatatba, 50, were taken to hospital to be treated for moderate injuries, Daghlas said on Monday.
Settler attacks against Palestinians and their property is routine in the occupied West Bank and rarely punished by Israeli authorities, who locals accuse of failing to intervene despite being present at many incidents.
Annual figures compiled by Israeli rights group Yesh Din have repeatedly shown that nine out of 10 police investigations about settler crimes fail to lead to a prosecution.
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