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Fear of Attacks Rising As Israeli Civilian Killed Near Gaza, Cop Stabbed In West Bank

Fear of Attacks Rising As Israeli Civilian Killed Near Gaza, Cop Stabbed In West Bank

An Israeli policeman stabbed in the West Bank by a Palestinian is the latest of several attacks in less than two days being called terrorist by Israel.

The policeman was admitted to a Jerusalem hospital with a knife in his back after the Monday evening attack, Haaretz reported. He had been directing traffic near Ramallah, the seat of the Palestinian Authority.

Israeli security forces fired at the assailant but he escaped.

Meanwhile, a rocket fired from Gaza late Sunday night landed in a residential area south of Ashkelon. Remains of the rocket were discovered early Monday morning.

No one was reported injured; there was light damage.

The rocket landed near a school bus stop in the southern Israeli city.

Hours earlier, a bomb exploded on a passenger bus in Bat Yam, south of Tel Aviv. The passengers had been removed from the bus before the bomb detonated.

Also late Sunday night, Border Police guards prevented a stabbing attack by a Palestinian man at a checkpoint near Jerusalem. No one was hurt and the suspected stabber and two companions were taken in for questioning.

On Tuesday afternoon, A civilian employee of the Israel Defense Ministry was killed by a Palestinian sniper from Gaza while making repairs to the security fence.

The man, 50, was killed by a single gunshot to his chest. He was airlifted to Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba, where he died of his injury.

“This is a very severe incident and we will not let it go unanswered. Our policy until now has been to act to thwart such incidents beforehand and to respond in force and this is how we will act regarding this incident as well,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement in response to the incident.

The shooting occurred near Kibbutz Nahal Oz. The fence had been damaged by recent winter storms.

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