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Israeli teacher killed in knife attack outside West Bank settlement

Attack is second murder of an Israeli citizen in the West Bank this year

    A teacher from the Israeli settlement of Har Bracha in the West Bank was stabbed to death by a Palestinian assailant on Monday.

    Rabbi Itamar Ben Gal, who was waiting at a bus stop near the town of Ariel for a ride home, tried to call out for help but collapsed shortly after being attacked by the man.

    An ambulance evacuated him in critical condition and he was pronounced dead later in Beilinson Hospital near Tel Aviv.

    An off-duty IDF officer tried to hit the fleeing assailant with his car but the stabber managed to get to a nearby vehicle, which sped away.

    CCTV footage shared by Israeli journalists appeared to show a man cross a busy dual carriageway to attack another man waiting near a bus stop.

    Searches were still ongoing in surrounding Palestinian villages on Monday evening. 

    It is the second murder of an Israeli citizen in the West Bank this year. On January 9, Rabbi Raziel Shevach was shot dead near his home close to the Havat Gilad outpost in the West Bank. Israeli security forces are still searching for one of his alleged killers.

    On Sunday, Israel’s cabinet voted to allow Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman to “legalise” the status of Havat Gilad.

    The outpost did not have Israeli planning permission when it was built in 2002 in the West Bank, southwest of Nablus.

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