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Israeli Soldier And Woman Are Killed In Two Separate Stabbings

Updated: An Israel Defense Forces soldier died after he was stabbed in what police said was a terror attack. Within hours, a young woman was stabbed to death in West Bank.

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The Israeli solider succumbed to his wounds hours after being repeatedly stabbed in Tel Aviv, Haaretz reported.

Within hours of the knife attack in Tel Aviv, a young Israeli woman was stabbed to death in the West Bank, the BBC reported.

The incident occurred at the West Bank settlement of Alon Shvut on Monday, Haaretz reported.

Two others were also injured in the attack.

The assailant was shot by a guard at the settlement and he is reportedly in serious condition. Earlier reports indicated he had been killed.

The alleged attacker was a Palestinian man who is being held by police for questioning, according to reports.

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The Palestinian was from the Aksar refugee camp in Nablus, according to local Palestinian sources, Haaretz reported. He had entered Israel illegally.

Police said the Palestinian man repeatedly stabbed the soldier in an assault that was apparently politically motivated, Reuters reported.

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The stabbing took place on a bridge near a train station in south Tel Aviv.

Eyewitnesses alerted the police to the fourth floor of apartment building where the suspect was hiding, police said. "We ascended the stairs and saw blood drops on the first floor," a police spokeswoman said. "We continued upward and saw the suspect lying on his back. He didn't speak or resist when we did an initial search. He was in a state of collapse."

According to the Israel police's Twitter feed, the incident was deemed as a "terrorist knife attack."

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Israeli-Palestinian tensions have risen due to violence involving access to the Temple Mount, Islam's third holiest site and Judaism's holiest site.

An unverified video of Israeli police fatally shooting a 22-year-old Palestinian protester in the back also incited riots across northern Israel on Saturday.

The Israeli soldier was taken to the hospital in critical condition with several stab wounds, according to authorities.

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"These are difficult days in Israel. Today there was another terrorist attack, on a soldier. We must fight terrorism," Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, Israel's chief peace negotiator with the Palestinians during April's talks, said on Twitter.

Tasneem Nashrulla is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Tasneem Nashrulla at tasneem.nashrulla@buzzfeed.com.

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