Two Palestinians were killed and another was injured in various incidents in the West Bank and Jerusalem, while an Israeli policeman was injured, according to the army, hospital sources and a Palestinian ministry.
A Palestinian who tried to enter Israel through the separation barrier from the West Bank was killed by the Israeli army, the army and a hospital said.
In a statement, the army said it had
identified a [personne] trying to pass the security barrier […] near Tulkarem. Soldiers gave him
fired at according to procedures.
A spokesman for the Israeli Sheba Hospital later told AFP that the Palestinian had died of his injuries.
Also in the evening, a man stabbed an Israeli policeman near the Old City of Jerusalem before being shot and wounded by Israeli forces, Israeli police and medics said. The policeman was taken to hospital.
Finally, a Palestinian armed with a knife entered an Israeli settlement in the West Bank, where a resident shot him, the Israeli army said.
A terrorist armed with a knife entered the colony [de Tekoa, située entre Jérusalem et Bethléem]and a civilian who tried to stop him shot himthe army said.
The Palestinian health ministry said the 17-year-old assailant died.
Two suspects arrested
This violence occurs after the announcement by the police of the arrest of
two terrorists who murdered three Israeli civilians in the attack conducted Thursday in the city of Elad, located near the metropolis of Tel Aviv.
The police had launched a vast manhunt to find two Palestinians aged 19 and 20, from the village of Roummaneh in the Jenin region of the West Bank.
According to witnesses, the assailants jumped out of a car and attacked passers-by with axes before fleeing in the vehicle. Three Israelis were killed and four injured, one of whom is in critical condition.
Several attacks have targeted Israelis since March 22, in Israel and the West Bank, Palestinian territory occupied by the Israeli army since 1967.
The two suspects in Thursday’s attack were found near the town of Elad. They surrendered and made confessions, an Israeli military official said Sunday.
A symbolic attack
They had entered Israel through a porous separation barrier from the West Bank hours before the attack, the military source added, calling their infiltration a
failure for the Israeli army.
The attack in Elad on Thursday came on the day of celebrations for the 74th anniversary of the establishment of the State of Israel, which for Palestinians represents a
Nakbah (catastrophe, in Arabic) and is synonymous with exodus for hundreds of thousands of them.
Hamas – the Islamist movement that controls the Palestinian enclave of Gaza under Israeli blockade – and Islamic Jihad welcomed an attack
heroicclaiming that it is a consequence of the tensions around the esplanade of the Mosques in East Jerusalem, the Palestinian sector of the Holy City occupied by Israel.
In recent weeks, clashes between Israeli police and Palestinians have left some 300 injured mainly on the esplanade of the Mosques in East Jerusalem. This site, the third place of Islam, houses the Al-Aqsa mosque.
Clashes on the esplanade of the Mosques
Thursday, after the return of Jewish worshipers to the esplanade, also considered the holiest place in Judaism under its name of Temple Mount, clashes broke out between Palestinian demonstrators and Israeli police.
Under an unspoken status quo, non-Muslims can go to the esplanade but not pray there.
A growing number of Jews go there, and the fact that some of them pray there raises fears that this status quo will be challenged among many Muslims, even though Israel has repeatedly wanted to maintain it.
In total, since March 22, 18 people have been killed in anti-Israeli attacks in Israel and the West Bank, carried out by Israeli Arabs and Palestinians.
In the wake of the first attacks, Israeli forces carried out operations in the West Bank, particularly in the Jenin region where the attackers originated. Twenty-nine Palestinians, including attackers, have since been killed.