JERUSALEM – A Palestinian teenager was shot and gravely injured by Israeli security forces after he attempted to commit a knife attack near a Jewish settlement in Hebron, the Israeli Army said.
According to local witnesses, the alleged assailant was wielding a knife when he approached Israeli security forces at the entrance of the Kiryat Arba Jewish settlement.
The assailant was shot by security forces at the scene and was receiving medical attention, according to an Israeli military statement.
The area outside the settlement has become the target of attacks and aggression over the last year amid a wave of tension and violence in the region.
There has been a general surge in violence over the last week, in which there has been dozens of attacks or assaults in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
A similar attack was carried out by Palestinians last week near the Kiryat Arba settlement which left a woman lightly injured, according to Israeli authorities.
The escalation of sporadic violence that has engulfed the region has claimed the lives of 233 and a Jordanian since October 2015, the majority of which were suspected of attacking Israelis.
The rest were killed in either police raids or demonstrations in the West Bank, Gaza Strip or East Jerusalem.
Palestinian attacks have killed 36 Israelis and three foreigners in the region.