Two Israeli Arab girls held for stabbing
security guard: police
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[February 04, 2016]
By Rami Amichay
RAMLE, Israel (Reuters) - Israeli police
said two 13-year-old girls from Israel's Arab minority stabbed and
lightly wounded a security guard in a town near Tel Aviv on Thursday and
A wave of stabbings, shootings and car-rammings carried out by
Palestinians has killed 27 Israelis and a U.S. citizen since
October. Israeli forces have killed at least 155 Palestinians, 101
of them assailants, according to authorities. Most of the others
died during violent protests.
The bloodshed has been partly fueled by Palestinian frustration over
long-stalled peace talks and anger at perceived Jewish encroachment
on a contested Jerusalem shrine.
In Thursday's incident at the central bus station in Ramle, a
Jewish-Arab town, the girls drew knives and attacked a guard who
challenged them after they set off a metal detector, police said.
"Indications are that the motive was nationalistic," police
spokeswoman Luba Samri said.
On Wednesday, three young Palestinian men from the occupied West
Bank wielding guns, knives and pipe-bombs killed a paramilitary
Israeli policewoman in Jerusalem and were shot dead.
In response, Israeli forces raided the assailants' hometown of
Qabatya, arresting five suspected militants and imposing a closure.
Qabatya resident Ali Zakameh said locals protesters were facing off
with the Israeli forces on Thursday.
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"Qabatya now is witnessing clashes. It is like war, a lot of
injuries from live ammunition and from being hit by Israeli military
vehicles. There are serious injuries," he said. "Qabatya is sealed
off from all of its entrances, the main and the sub roads."
Most of the assaults in the four-month surge of street attacks have
been carried out by Palestinians from the occupied territories. But
several of the attackers came from the Arab minority inside Israel
which makes up around a fifth of the population and rarely engages
in political violence.
(Writing by Dan Williams; Editing by Jeffrey Heller and Raissa
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