Palestinian teenager in critical condition after trying to stab Israeli soldiers

In this Sept. 27, 2017 file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a ceremony marking 50 years since Israel captured the West Bank and other territories in the 1967 Mideast war, in Gush Etzion settlement in the West Bank. Gush Etzion junction, next to a major Israeli settlement in the southern West Bank, has been the site of a series of violence lately. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov, File)
Updated 17 November 2017
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Palestinian teenager in critical condition after trying to stab Israeli soldiers

JERUSALEM: A Palestinian rammed his car into two Israeli civilians in the occupied West Bank on Friday before trying to stab soldiers and being shot, the Israeli army said.
An army statement alleged that the attacker drove his car into the two Israelis near the Gush Etzion junction in the southern West Bank, leaving them both injured.
“The assailant proceeded by exiting the vehicle, armed with a knife, and attempted to stab (Israeli) soldiers,” it added, saying he was shot and “severely injured” before harming anyone.
The Palestinian assailiant and one of the wounded were evacuated to the Hadassah hospital in Jerusalem.
A spokeswoman for the hospital said the Palestinian was 17 and in critical condition.
Since a wave of violence broke out in October 2015, at least 308 Palestinians or Arab Israelis as well as 51 Israelis and seven foreigners have been killed, according to an AFP count.
Gush Etzion junction, next to a major Israeli settlement in the southern West Bank, has been the site of multiple attacks during that time.
Violence has subsided significantly in recent months.


Iraq carries out more air strikes against Daesh in Syria

Updated 25 May 2018
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Iraq carries out more air strikes against Daesh in Syria

  • At least 65 senior Daesh leaders live in Hajjin.
  • Hajjin is in Deir Ezzor province in eastern Syria, about 50 kilometers (just over 30 miles) from Iraq’s border.

BAGHDAD: Iraq announced Friday it had carried out air strikes against Daesh in Syria, the third cross border aerial operation inside a month in its war-torn neighbor.
“Iraqi F-16 planes carried out (Thursday) morning raids against the headquarters of Daesh terrorist gang leaders and an explosives depot occupied by terrorists in Syria’s Hajjin region,” a statement by Iraq’s operations command said.
A video released with the text shows a strike on a huge building surrounded by palm trees and a wall.
The images show the wall and the building collapsing simultaneously.
Several strikes have been carried out by Iraq or the international coalition since Thursday against the center of Hajjin, the last major area held by Daesh in Syria, said the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor.
At least 65 senior Daesh leaders live in Hajjin, the Observatory’s director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.
Hajjin is in Deir Ezzor province in eastern Syria, about 50 kilometers (just over 30 miles) from Iraq’s border.
It has been surrounded since the end of 2017 by the Syrian Democratic Forces, an alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters backed by the United States and France, Abdel Rahman said.
Several hundred prisoners are still held by the militants in Hajjin, he added.
Since April, Iraq’s air force has carried out several air strikes on Daesh held Syrian territory close to the border between the two countries.
Daesh seized a third of Iraq in 2014, before the government declared victory in December, but the military has continued regular operations along the porous Syrian border.