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Israeli Troops Kill Palestinian Who Stabbed Soldier

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FILE - Israeli soldiers stand at the scene of an alleged stabbing attempt at Gush Etzion junction in the West Bank, Dec. 1, 2015. Near-daily violence has left more than 20 Israelis dead in the past three months.

FILE - Israeli soldiers stand at the scene of an alleged stabbing attempt at Gush Etzion junction in the West Bank, Dec. 1, 2015. Near-daily violence has left more than 20 Israelis dead in the past three months.

The Israeli military said a Palestinian stabbed a soldier Tuesday in the West Bank, then was shot dead by troops.

The attack in the Gush Etzion area was the latest in what has been near-daily violence that has left more than 20 Israelis dead in the past three months.

During the same period, more than 130 Palestinians have been killed, most identified by Israeli authorities as attackers using knives, guns or vehicles to target Israeli civilians and soldiers.

The wave of violence has been blamed on Palestinian frustrations about Israeli occupation and settlement construction on land they want for a future state, as well as rumors about Israeli plans to take over the East Jerusalem holy site known to Muslims as the Al-Aqsa Mosque and to Jews as the Temple Mount.

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