Israeli-Palestinian bloodshed intensifies amid calls for peace

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday there was no quick fix for the latest wave of Palestinian lone-wolf attacks the Jewish state has faced in recent days and that strong steps would be taken against those inciting to violence.

At least seven people were hurt in a string of stabbings Thursday in Israel and the West Bank, including one targeting a soldier, authorities say.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the soldier was moderately wounded in an attack in the city of Afula. Rosenfeld said the assailant was apprehended at the scene and was being questioned. He said the attacker was an Arab, without providing more details.

Elsewhere in Israel, police said a soldier shot and killed an Arab attacker Thursday after he stabbed four people with a screwdriver in Tel Aviv. Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said the injuries were not serious.

Also Thursday, police said a Palestinian attacker who stabbed one person in the stomach in Kiryat Arba escaped. Earlier in the day, a Palestinian teenager stabbed a Jewish seminary student in the neck in Jerusalem. Samri said police apprehended the assailant, and that the 25-year-old Israeli was seriously wounded.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said there was no quick fix to the wave of lone-wolf attacks, but strong steps would be taken against those inciting the violence, Reuters reported.


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