- Title: Israel says soldier stabbed to death in Palestinian attack in West Bank
- Date: 8th August 2019
- Summary: BEIT FAJAR, WEST BANK (AUGUST 8, 2019) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF ISRAELI FORCES BLOCKING ROAD IN PALESTINIAN VILLAGE DURING SEARCHING MISSION FOR PALESTINIAN WHO ATTACKED ISRAELI SOLDER FORCES PATROLLING VILLAGE VARIOUS OF FORCES AT VILLAGE
- Embargoed: 22nd August 2019 10:39
- Keywords: Israel Palestinians stabbing West Bank soldier Netanyahu settlement settlers
- Location: BEIT FAJAR AND BEIT EL, WEST BANK
- City: BEIT FAJAR AND BEIT EL, WEST BANK
- Country: Palestinian Territories
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA001ARCYJPJ
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: The body of an Israeli soldier was found near a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank on Thursday (August 8) and the military said he had been stabbed to death by a Palestinian assailant.
The soldier, who the military said was in civilian clothes and unarmed, was a student in a Jewish seminary in the West Bank that combines religious studies with service in the armed forces.
An Israeli military statement said the body was discovered near the settlement of Migdal Oz, north of the city of Hebron, and that the 19-year-old had been killed in a Palestinian attack.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility. Israel Radio said security authorities were looking into whether the soldier, Corporal Dvir Sorek, was killed in a failed kidnapping attempt.
Hours later, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attended a previously scheduled ceremony in the West Bank settlement of Beit El, where he laid a cornerstone for the construction of 650 new housing units.
He said Jews would not be driven from the area by Palestinians and "we will deepen our roots in our homeland".
The Palestinians seek to end the Israeli occupation of territory seized in the 1967 Middle East and set up their own state in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem.
(Production: Mohammad Abu Ganeyeh, Mustafa Abu Ganeyeh)
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