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    Netanyahu's Spokesman: Palestinian Stabs Four in Israel

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    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s spokesman reported that Israeli Police is looking for a presumably Palestinian suspect, after a "terrorist" stabbing attack on four Israelis, including a 13-year-old girl.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Israeli Police is looking for a presumably Palestinian suspect, after a "terrorist" stabbing attack on four Israelis, including a 13-year-old girl, in the town of Kiryat Gat in the south of the country, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s spokesman said.

    "A Palestinian terrorist stabbed 4 in Kiryat Gat, one of them is a 13 y/o girl. The Police is searching after him," Ofir Gendelman said on Twitter Saturday.

    The condition of those attacked is evaluated as moderate to severe, according to a statement by the Barzilai hospital in the town of Ashkelon, where the wounded were taken.

    The decades-long conflict between the Palestinians and Israelis has recently seen increased tensions, with dozens of people killed on both sides amid reports that Israel would revise a status quo of the access to Temple Mount, which houses Islam’s third holiest site, the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

    Palestinians seek diplomatic and economic recognition for their independent state on the territories of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, partially occupied by Israel, and the Gaza Strip. Israel has been building settlements on the occupied territories, despite objections from the United Nations.


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