The Israeli army said on Tuesday that the unidentified youth is suspected of stabbing and killing an Israeli woman, identified as 38-year-old Dafna Meir, after breaking into a home in the illegal Israeli settlement of Otniel, which lies south of the occupied West Bank city of al-Khalil (Hebron).
On Monday, a Palestinian man was shot and injured in the central West Bank city of Bethlehem, located about 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) south of al-Quds (Jerusalem), following an alleged stabbing assault.
An unnamed Israeli army spokesperson said the man broke into a building in the illegal Israeli settlement of Tekoa, and wounded a pregnant 30-year-old Israeli woman, before being shot and injured. The woman reportedly sustained moderate wounds.
Tensions have been running high in the occupied West Bank since Israel’s imposition in August of restrictions on the entry of Palestinian worshipers into the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East al-Quds (Jerusalem). Al-Aqsa Mosque is the third holiest site in Islam.
The restrictions have enraged Palestinians, who are also angry at increasing violence by Israeli settlers frequently storming the mosque. They say the Tel Aviv regime seeks to change the status of the compound.
More than 160 Palestinians, including children and women, have been killed by Israeli forces since the beginning of last October.