A campaign of stabbings, shootings and car-rammings by
Palestinians has killed 19 Israelis and a U.S. citizen since
October. Israeli forces have killed at least 114 Palestinians, 68 of
whom the army described as assailants.
In the latest incident, the military said an Israeli army patrol in
the West Bank village of Hawara approached a Palestinian suspect in
order to question him, but he ran towards the soldiers with a knife
and was fatally shot.
Violence has been partly fueled by Palestinian frustration over the
collapse of statehood talks with Israel in 2014 and stepped up
Jewish visits to Jerusalem's al-Aqsa mosque compound, which is
revered by Muslims as Islam's third holiest site and by Jews as the
location of two destroyed biblical-era temples.
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Israeli leaders say Palestinian incitement to violence on social
media and sympathy with Islamist militant calls for Israel's
destruction are key factors behind the wave of Palestinian attacks.
(Writing by Ori Lewis; Editing by Jeffrey Heller Editing by Jeremy
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