Israeli soldier stabbed by Palestinian teenager
A 16-year-old Palestinian boy stabbed and critically wounded an IDF solider travelling on a bus in northern Israel on Wednesday in revenge for the jailing of his relatives. (AFP/File)
A 16 year-old Palestinian boy stabbed and critically wounded an Israeli soldier in an attack apparently motivated by the Israeli state jailing his relatives.
The stabbing took place on a bus in northern Israel in the town of Afula, Reuters reported.
Wednesday's incident followed an increase in violence between Israelis and Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, where 10 Palestinians have been shot dead by Israeli troops and three Israelis have been killed since the peace talks restarted in Juy, according to a Reuters tally.
Ronny Attia, the police commander in the north of Israel, said Wednesday that the 16 year-old boy was from Jenin in the West Bank and that he had been taken into custody after the incident.
"He stabbed a soldier who was in a bus - very grave knife wounds," Attia said in remarks broadcast on Israel Radio, adding that the attacker said he carried out the attack because his uncles were in prison in Israel, Reuters reported.
A witness to the stabbing, who gave her name only as Tal, said on Army Radio that passengers streamed off the bus shouting "terrorist, terrorist," and the Palestinian boy was caught by security forces as he tried to flee.