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Two stabbing operations were carried out against Israeli forces in occupied Jerusalem on 13 February, resulting in the injury of one settler and the death of a soldier, Israeli media reported.
The first stabbing was carried out by a 14-year-old near the Bab al-Silsila gate leading to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, resulting in the injury of one settler. The attacker was arrested after Israeli troops arrived at the scene.
The second stabbing took place at the Israeli checkpoint near the Shuafat refugee camp in occupied Jerusalem, and was carried out by a 13-year-old Palestinian, Mohammed al-Zalbani. During a bus search at the Shuafat checkpoint, Zalbani stabbed an Israeli border police officer, injuring him.
While attempting to stop the stabbing from happening, an Israeli soldier reportedly shot at Zalbani but missed and accidentally hit the injured officer, who succumbed to his wounds shortly after.
According to Israeli medical personnel, Zalbani was injured and taken into custody in an almost unconscious state.
A day later, on 14 February, 17-year-old Palestinian Mahmoud Majed al-Aydi was shot in the head and killed by occupation forces while raiding the Al-Faraa refugee camp in the occupied West Bank city of Tubas.
Aydi was the 48th Palestinian to be killed by Israeli troops since the start of 2023.
Tensions across the West Bank have reached an unprecedented high lately due to continued Israeli violence and oppression, which is subsequently met with resistance by Palestinians. In late January, Israeli troops committed a massacre in the Jenin refugee camp, where renowned journalist Shireen Abu Aqla was shot dead last year.
A day later, 10 Israelis were killed in an operation carried out by Palestinian youth Khairi Alqam.
As the days pass, the situation is becoming increasingly volatile. Following a Palestinian car ramming operation in occupied Jerusalem, which left two Israeli settlers dead on 10 February, Israel’s National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir ordered security forces to prepare for a significant offensive in occupied Jerusalem, starting on 12 February and aimed at ‘rooting out terror nests.’
The last few raids across the West Bank are a part of this newly announced Israeli offensive.