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Israel: Security Guard 'Seriously Injured' in Palestinian Stabbing Attack

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Israeli police say a security guard at a shopping center was "seriously injured" in a stabbing incident suspected to be a Palestinian attack.

Police said in a statement Friday they were called to a shopping center in the West Bank Maaleh Adumim settlement where they found a guard lying on the ground with multiple stab wounds. The statement said it appears the incident was a Palestinian "nationalist-motivated attack."

Police said the attacker fled the scene and a search is under way.

The area has been closed to Palestinians until Sunday.

The victim, an Israeli in his late 40s, is at Jerusalem's Hadassah hospital. The hospital said in a statement that he is in "very serious condition."

Six months of Palestinian attacks on Israeli civilians, police and soldiers have left nearly 30 Israelis dead, along with an American and an Eritrean. Israel accuses Palestinian leaders of inciting young Palestinians to violence.

But Israeli police and soldiers have killed more than 160 Palestinians in response to attack attempts.

Palestinians say they are upset because of little job and economic opportunities, weak leadership, and a dim outlook for peace.