Three Israelis reportedly killed, one wounded in West Bank stabbing attack

Three Israelis reportedly were killed and one wounded in a stabbing attack in a West Bank settlement north of Ramallah.
Two men and a woman reportedly died of their wounds, while a woman in her 60s was seriously injured in the attack in Halamish, according to The Times of Israel. Israeli media reports said the attacker was shot but survived.
Israel TV’s Channel 10 said the assailant, who entered the home of victims, was in his late teens and had posted on Facebook that he was upset by events at Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, where Palestinians and Israeli security forces clashed this week over the Israeli government’s decision to keep in place indefinitely metal detectors at the entrance to the Temple Mount.
Eli Bin, the head of Israel’s rescue service Magen David Adom, said an off-duty soldier next door heard screams, rushed to the home and shot the attacker through a window, according to ABC News. Bin said the attacker was wounded and evacuated to hospital.
On Friday, three Palestinians reportedly were killed in clashes between rioters and police in Jerusalem and the West Bank. Six Israeli police officers were injured in the rioting, touched off after Israel installed metal detectors at the Temple Mount in response to a July 14 terrorist shooting near the holy site that killed two Israeli police officers. The previous night, some 42 people were wounded in clashes between security forces and Palestinian protesters, who rioted during rallies against the introduction of the metal detectors, Army Radio reported.
The Temple Mount compound contains the Haram al Sharif area that is holy to Muslims.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has announced that Palestinian leaders have frozen all contact with Israel over newly installed security measures at the Temple Mount.
Multiple outlets reported Abbas’ decision on Friday afternoon.
“We announce a freeze on all contacts with Israelis on all levels,” Abbas said Friday, according to The Times of Israel, “until it cancel the steps taken against our people in Al-Aqsa and in Jerusalem.”
It is not immediately clear if the freeze will temporarily end security cooperation between Israel and the Palestinians.
Al-Jazeera reported that Abbas cut short a trip to China to deal with the crisis.
Metal detectors were installed at the entrance to the Temple Mount after three Arab-Israelis shot and killed two Israeli police officers at the holy site on July 14. Over the past week, at least three Palestinians have been killed and hundreds injured in clashes with Israeli police in eastern Jerusalem.

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