Palestinian stabs Israeli soldier in West Bank, is shot dead: police

JERUSALEM - A Palestinian teenager stabbed and wounded an Israeli border guard in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron on Saturday before being shot dead, Israeli police said, the latest in a series of attacks.

One guard was lightly injured in the incident, which occurred near a disputed place of worship in central Hebron, and another border guard killed the 17-year-old assailant, police said in a statement.

According to police, the Palestinian approached a checkpoint close to the site known to Muslims as the Ibrahimi Mosque and to Jews as the Cave of the Patriarchs, where he was asked for identification.

He then drew a knife and attacked one guard, before being chased and shot dead.

Since October 1, a wave of violence has killed 198 Palestinians, 28 Israelis, two Americans, an Eritrean and a Sudanese, according to an AFP count.

Most of the Palestinians were killed while carrying out knife, gun or car-ramming attacks, according to the Israeli authorities.

Others were shot dead during protests and clashes.

Hebron, the largest city in the West Bank, has long been a source of tensions, with several hundred Israeli settlers living in the heart of the city under heavy military guard among around 200,000 Palestinians.

Many analysts say Palestinian frustration with Israeli occupation and settlement building in the West Bank, the complete lack of progress in peace efforts and their own fractured leadership have fed the unrest.

Israel blames incitement by Palestinian leaders and media as a main cause of the violence.