An Israeli soldier has been stabbed to death by a Palestinian teenager on a bus in northern Israel.
The 18-year-old soldier was stabbed multiple times in the neck and upper body as the bus from Nazareth stopped in the town of Afula, Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said. He was rushed to hospital in a critical condition, but died of his wounds.
The attacker, a 16-year-old from the West Bank town of Jenin who was working in Israel illegally, is in custody.
Other passengers on the bus subdued him before handing him over to the security forces, according to the Jerusalem Post newspaper.
The violence comes as the US attempts to revive faltering peace talks between Israeli and Palestinian leaders.
On Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered a halt to controversial plans for the construction of 24,000 new homes at Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank.
Mr Netanyahu said the plan, announced by his housing minister, had caused unnecessary conflict with the international community at a time when Israel is pressing for a tougher stance on Iran’s nuclear programme.
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Israeli troops have shot dead a Palestinian who tried to stab one of them in the West Bank.
A man brandishing a knife was killed by Border Police officers after he ignored their calls to stop at a checkpoint near Jerusalem. He was the second Palestinian to be killed in the West Bank in two days.
But the dead man’s father insisted that he had simply been attempting to get out of his car after being stopped.
On Thursday, a man was shot by Israeli troops after firing an “improvised weapon” – thought to be a firework or a flare gun – at a checkpoint near the northern West Bank city of Nablus, Israeli police said. The dead man was identified as Bashar Habanin, a 29-year-old from the village of Mirka, near Jenin.