Stabbing attempts near settlements – attackers killed

Israeli security forces cover the body of a young Palestinian woman who was shot dead after reportedly seeking to stab a soldier at the Einav checkpoint, east of Tulkarem in the occupied West Bank, on December 1, 2015. Palestinian police sources identified her as 19-year-old Maram Hassouna, a university student in Nablus who had previously served two years in prison for another attempted knife attack. AFP PHOTO / JAAFAR ASHTIYEH / AFP / JAAFAR ASHTIYEH

Israeli authorities report on Tuesday that two Palestinians attempted to stab an Israeli soldier and pedestrian in separate attacks near Jewish settlements on the West Bank.

This comes the day after Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas shared a rare handshake at the COP21 climate conference in Paris.

One of Tuesday’s incidents occurred near the Gush Etzion settlements, south of Jerusalem, the site of a series of recent attacks.

A Palestinian wielding a knife attempted to stab a pedestrian the settlement bloc and was killed on site by an Israeli soldier.

Later in the day, in the northern West Bank, a young Palestinian woman who sought to stab a soldier near the Israeli settlement of Einav was shot and killed by the serviceman, the army said.