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Israeli border policemen stand guard near the scene where the Israeli military said an Israeli occupation soldier was found stabbed to death near a Jewish colony outside the Palestinian city of Hebron in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on August 8, 2019. Image Credit: REUTERS

West Bank: An Israeli occupation soldier was found stabbed to death in the occupied West Bank on Thursday and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he was killed by a Palestinian attacker.

In a statement, the Israeli military said the body with stab wounds was discovered near an Israeli colony north of the city of Hebron. The soldier was also a student in a Jewish seminary, it added.

The military did not immediately accuse anyone in the killing but Netanyahu issued a statement calling it a Palestinian attack.

“The security forces are in pursuit, in order to capture the despicable terrorist and hold him to account,” Netanyahu said.

Hebron and surrounding Israeli colonies have often been a flashpoint of Israeli-Palestinian fighting.