Bethlehem, - Israeli forces shot and seriously injured a Palestinian man after he allegedly stabbed and moderately wounded an Israeli army officer Sunday morning at a guard post in the illegal Israeli settlement of Efrat southwest of Bethlehem in the southern occupied West Bank.

The incident came after four Palestinians and one Jordanian were killed by Israeli forces in recent days amid an upsurge in violence in the occupied Palestinian territory.

According to an Israeli army statement, an "Assailant stabbed and wounded an Israeli army officer. In response to the immediate threat, forces fired at assailant. Both evacuated for medical care." Both were reportedly taken to the Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem's Ein Karem.

According to Israeli media, the 30-year old Israeli army commander sustained stab wounds to his upper body, and other Israeli army soldiers stationed at the guard post shot and wounded the Palestinian suspect, Palestinian Ma'an news agency reported.

According to Israeli news site Ynet, the settlement's electronic security system had identified movement within 400 meters of the settlement between 2 and 4 a.m. on Sunday, and a "civilian security squad" along with Israeli army forces went to the scene to search for a "suspicious individual." "At around 6 a.m., the assailant, who was hiding in the bushes, jumped out and stabbed the officer using two knives," Ynet reported.

Source: Qatar News Agency