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Israeli police say a soldier has been stabbed in southern Israel

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JERUSALEM — Israeli police say a soldier has been stabbed in southern Israel.

Police spokeswoman Luba Samri says the soldier was standing near the central bus station in the southern city of Ashkelon Sunday when he was stabbed in his torso. He was lightly wounded. The stabber was shot and apprehended.

The stabbing is the latest in five months of near-daily Palestinian assaults, mainly stabbings, against Israeli civilians and security personnel that have killed 27 Israelis. Some 155 Palestinians, the majority of whom Israel says were attackers, were killed by Israeli fire during that time. The rest died in clashes with Israeli security forces.

Israel says the violence is fueled by a campaign of Palestinian incitement. Palestinians say it stems from frustration at decades of occupation.

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