Two 14-year-old Palestinian teens have stabbed and killed an Israeli, in a busy supermarket, in the occupied West Bank.
Two Palestinian 14-year-olds stabbed and killed an Israeli in a packed supermarket in the occupied West Bank on Thursday, Israeli and Palestinian officials said, as a five-month wave of bloodshed shows no sign of abating.
An armed civilian shot the two teens, who were taken for treatment at Israeli hospitals in Jerusalem, the Israeli military said. Palestinian officials said both were 14.
A witness named only as Uziel told Army Radio the supermarket was packed at the time with Israeli and Palestinian shoppers.
“We heard screaming and it was clear there was an attack … Civilians and soldiers began running and shot one (attacker) … and then the another,” he said. “Everyone was shocked at how young they were.”
The Israeli killed in the stabbing was 21 years old, a police spokesman said. A second Israeli was also stabbed and was in a moderate condition in hospital, an official there said.
Since the spate of violence broke out in October, stabbings, shootings and car-rammings by Palestinians have killed 28 Israelis and a US citizen. Israeli security forces have killed at least 163 Palestinians, 107 of whom Israel says were assailants, while most others were shot dead during violent anti-Israeli protests.
Many of the Palestinian attackers have been teenagers.