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Abbas Condemns Israel for Killing a Terrorist Stabber

PA chairman blasts the Israeli “occupation” after officers shoot and kill a terrorist who stabbed a Border guard.

Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday night condemned Israel for killing a terrorist who stabbed a Border Police officer.

Abbas, in a statement quoted by AFP, condemned the “killing by the occupation forces” of 21-year-old Rafiq Taj from Shechem, the terrorist who stabbed and lightly wounded the Israeli officer near the Tapuah Junction, in northern Samaria.

Other guards quickly responded by opening fire on the terrorist.

The attack was one of two stabbing attacks that took place over Shabbat. The first attack took place on Saturday morning, when a Palestinian Arab terrorist stabbed a soldier near a checkpoint on Highway 443 in central Samaria.

Abbas noted the “dangerous escalation” in the form of “daily killing with no end,” and called on the international community not to remain silent, according to AFP.

He failed to condemn either of the stabbing attacks, which were the latest in a series of recent escalations in Judea and Samaria.

On Friday, a fire broke out at a self service gas station on Highway 60, near the community of Eli in the Mateh Binyamin Regional Council, north of Jerusalem.

The gas station, which is located on one of the main traffic arteries in Judea and Samaria, is accessible to both Israelis and Palestinian Arabs. Eyewitnesses said they saw a Palestinian vehicle entering the station and setting it on fire before fleeing the scene.


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