Palestinian Attacks Israeli Border Police Officer
EL-BIREH, Occupied West Bank (AP) _ A Palestinian stabbed an Israeli border police soldier in the shoulder today and then was shot and captured after a chase, Arab reports and the military said.
The attack in El-Bireh followed two killings of Israeli soldiers and the disappearance of another. The violence comes despite Palestine Liberation Organization pledges to refrain from deadly attacks and could undermine tentative efforts to arrange a peace dialogue.
Also today, in the occupied Gaza Strip, troops shot and wounded at least eight Palestinians in clashes in the refugee camps of Shati and Jabaliya.
In the attack in El-Bireh, the border police soldier was stabbed twice in the shoulder, shouted ″I’m wounded,″ and then pursued his assailant with other soldiers, the army commander for El-Bireh said.
The commander, identified only as Colonel Chai, said the border police soldier was part of a patrol walking on the edge of the market in El-Bireh, about 10 miles north of Jerusalem.
The assailant, identified as a teen-ager from Ramallah, was shot in the head and back, Chai said. He said troops were searching for the knife.
The condition of the assailant was not immediately known.
After the attack, the army ordered stores in the market area closed to prevent further violence, said an army spokesman, who is not identified under military regulations.
Soldiers rounded up about 200 Palestinians, said an Arab reporter, who also spoke on condition of anonymity. One suspect was beaten by soldiers and hospitalized, Arab reports and hospital officials said.
The wounded soldier, a member of the Druse Arab minority, was in stable condition, Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem reported.
On Friday, a 24-year-old reserve paratrooper died in the West Bank city of Nablus when a concrete block was dropped on his head. Nablus has been under curfew since then, and the search continues for the killer.
An unarmed, out-of-uniform soldier was stabbed to death Feb. 18 in Jerusalem’s Old City. Two days earlier, another soldier was reported missing just north of the Gaza Strip.
An anonymous caller today told the news agency Agence-France Presse that the Palestinian Arab Army kidnapped the soldier Feb. 16 and was holding him captive. The army said it did not know if the claim was legitimate.
Seventeen Israelis, including six soldiers, have been killed during the Palestinian uprising. At least 386 Palestinians have been killed since the revolt began Dec. 8, 1987, most shot by soldiers during violent protests by Palestinians.
The uprising is aimed at ending Israeli occupation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Israel seized the areas in the 1967 Middle East war.