Palestinian kills teen in Israeli settlement, then shot dead: army

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A Palestinian fatally stabbed a 13-year-old girl inside her home in a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank on Thursday, before guards shot him dead, the military and hospital officials said.

A member of the response team that killed the assailant was also wounded in the incident, said an official from the Kiryat Arba settlement, near the city of Hebron.

Over the past eight months, Palestinians have killed 33 Israelis and two visiting U.S. citizens in a wave of street attacks, mostly stabbings.

Israeli forces have shot dead at least 198 Palestinians, 134 of whom Israel has said were assailants. Others were killed in clashes and protests.

An Israeli military spokesman said the girl was attacked in her bedroom. Hospital officials in Jerusalem said she died of her wounds, giving her age as 13.

Warning: Below photograph is graphic

Israeli media reports identified the suspected attacker as a 17-year-old Palestinian from a village near Kiryat Arba.

Malachi Levinger, chairman of Kiryat Arba's government council, said on Army Radio that a Palestinian climbed a security fence and entered a family home where he attacked the girl.

"Two members of a response team exchanged fire with him. One of them was wounded and the terrorist was killed," Levinger said.

Palestinian leaders say assailants have acted out of desperation over peace talks frozen since 2014 and Israeli settlement building in occupied territory that Palestinians seek for a state.

Tensions over Jewish access to a contested Jerusalem holy site, revered by Muslims as Haram al-Sharif (Noble Sanctuary) and Jews as Temple Mount, have also fueled the violence.

Israel says incitement in the Palestinian media and personal problems at home have been important factors that have spurred assailants, often teenagers, to launch attacks.

See photos below of crime scene where Palestinian man killed 13-year-old Israeli:

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A view shows the house where a Palestinian fatally stabbed a 13-year-old girl in Kiryat Arba settlement, near the West Bank city of Hebron June 30, 2016.
Israeli soldiers stand guard near the scene where a Palestinian fatally stabbed a 13-year-old girl inside her home, at the entrance to Kiryat Arba settlement, near the West Bank city of Hebron June 30, 2016.
Israeli soldiers gather near the scene where a Palestinian fatally stabbed a 13-year-old girl inside her home, at the entrance to Kiryat Arba settlement, near the West Bank city of Hebron June 30, 2016.
An Israeli wounded in what the Israeli army said was a stabbing attack in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba, is evacuated to a hospital in Jerusalem June 30, 2016.
Israeli security forces gather near the house where a Palestinian fatally stabbed a 13-year-old girl inside her home in Kiryat Arba settlement, near the West Bank city of Hebron June 30, 2016.
An Israeli policeman stands guard as Zaka volunteers, an emergency response team in Israel, collect human remains in a house in the Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba in the occupied West Bank where a 13-year-old Israeli girl was fatally stabbed in her bedroom on June 30, 2016.
Israeli policemen walk outside a house in the Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba in the occupied West Bank where a 13-year-old Israeli girl was fatally stabbed in her bedroom on June 30, 2016.
Israeli soldiers inspect the area around the Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba where a 13-year-old Israeli girl was fatally stabbed in her bedroom on June 30, 2016 in the occupied West Bank near the Palestinian city of Hebron.
Israeli security forces gather at the Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba where a 13-year-old Israeli girl was fatally stabbed in her bedroom on June 30, 2016 in the occupied West Bank near the Palestinian city of Hebron.
An Israeli soldier inspects a fence in the Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba where a 13-year-old Israeli girl was fatally stabbed in her bedroom on June 30, 2016 in the occupied West Bank near the Palestinian city of Hebron.
Israeli security forces and forensic inspect the area around a house in the Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba where a 13-year-old Israeli girl was fatally stabbed in her bedroom on June 30, 2016 in the occupied West Bank near the Palestinian city of Hebron.
Israeli soldiers inspect a fence in the Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba where a 13-year-old Israeli girl was fatally stabbed in her bedroom on June 30, 2016 in the occupied West Bank near the Palestinian city of Hebron.
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