Published March 09, 2016
A series of attacks in Jerusalem and the West Bank wounded at least two people, one day after a stabbing killed an American tourist and war veteran.
In the West Bank on Wednesday, a Palestinian with a knife attempted to stab Israeli soldiers at a checkpoint, and soldiers shot and killed him, the Israeli military said. Also, an Israeli stabbed and lightly wounded a Palestinian in the West Bank, apparently during a business-related argument, police said. The Israeli fled the scene and police are searching for him.
Two Palestinian gunmen carried out shootings in Jerusalem Wednesday before police shot and killed them, Israeli police said. A Palestinian man was seriously wounded in the shootout.
The incident began when passengers on an Israeli bus spotted the two gunmen on the street and heard shots fired, said police spokeswoman Luba Samri. No injuries were reported. A driver responded by shooting toward the suspects, who fled by car.
Police began searching for the gunmen's vehicle. When a policeman approached a car that matched the description, the gunmen raised their weapons at the officer and he fired at them. Other police units on the scene shot at the suspects, killing them, Samri said. The shootout took place on a main road alongside Jerusalem's light rail and close to the New Gate of the Old City.
A Palestinian civilian at the scene was shot in the head and is in serious but stable condition, an Israeli hospital said. Police are investigating whether he was shot by the gunmen or by police.
Police identified the two gunmen as Palestinians, both about 20 years old, from the Jerusalem area.
Among the stabbings on Tuesday, an attack near the seaside city of Jaffa killed Taylor Force, a 28-year-old MBA student at Vanderbilt University and a West Point graduate who served tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The wave of near-daily Palestinian assaults on Israeli civilians and security forces erupted in mid-September and is showing no sign of abating. The bloodshed -- mainly stabbings but also shootings and car-ramming attacks -- has killed 28 Israelis. During the same time, at least 179 Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire. Most of the Palestinians have been identified by Israel as attackers, while the rest were killed in clashes with security forces.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.