Israel responds to fatal knife attack with new settler homes

Israel to build 400 settler homes in occupied West Bank
3 Hamas militants killed, 1 Israeli soldier wounded in Gaza exchanges
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28 July, 2018

He said the attacker then ran toward him with a knife and tried to stab him. The army named the man who died as Yotam Ovadia, 31, with Israeli media saying he had two young children. One 58-year-old victim is seriously wounded but stable.

"The best answer to terrorism is the expansion of settlements", Mr Lieberman said.

Israeli soldiers raided several properties in Kobar on Friday morning, questioning family members before retracting their work permits.

Palestinian protesters gather as tear gas canisters are launched by Israeli forces during a demonstration at the area separating the besieged Gaza Strip from the occupied territories, east of Gaza City, July 27, 2018. "The rioters hurled large rocks and firebombs and rolled burning tyres at troops, who responded with riot dispersal means", an Israeli army statement said.

Official Palestinian news agency Wafa said three people were arrested.

Peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians collapsed in 2014 and a bid by the USA administration to restart them has so far shown little sign of progress.

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Attacks against Israelis in the West Bank are supported by many Palestinians as pushing back against settlement growth. The settlements are considered illegal under global law, though Israel disputes this.

The US special envoy, Jason Greenblatt, called on the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, whose Fatah movement leads the government in the West Bank, to condemn the attack.

The European Union condemned the attack, branding it "barbaric".

Kobar, north of Ramallah and some 18 kilometers (11 miles) from Adam, was also home to Omar al-Abed, who carried out a similar attack in the settlement of Halamish in July 2017 in which three Israelis were killed.

The rare raid, on a site that is an emblem of Palestinians' statehood hopes and a frequent catalyst of their conflict with Israel, came as medics in Gaza said Israeli army gunfire killed two people - including a boy - during a weekly border protest.

Hamas, the militant group that rules Gaza, issued a statement praising the attack but did not claim responsibility.


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