‘Covered in blood’: Israeli forces storm West Bank village after Palestinian stabs security guard

The Israeli military has stormed a Palestinian village in the West Bank after a Palestinian stabbed a security guard and injured two others, a local source said Sunday.

The soldiers stormed the village of al-Nabi Saleh in the Negev, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) south of the Israeli city of Jerusalem, the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the incident.

An Israeli army spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The military said the security guard was killed and two others were lightly wounded in the incident Saturday night.

The soldiers were searching for a second assailant, a resident of the village, after he stabbed the security officer in the chest, said the military statement.

It said the soldier, identified by the soldier as a 20-year-old from the village who is from the settlement of Kiryat Arba, had been stabbed multiple times by the attacker.

It said the man had fled the scene after the stabbing.

The security guard had been in a critical condition and was expected to survive, the statement said.

The Israeli military said that the assailant had been arrested and would be brought to the military police chief’s office in Ramallah for further investigation.

The Negevs are home to the ultra-Orthodox communities of Ashkelon and the nearby settlement of Ofra.

They were founded as settlements during the first Israeli state of Israel in 1948.

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