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Palestinian teenager arrested after knife attack on settler

17-year-old youth seriously injured Israeli near Givat Zeev settlement in occupied West Bank before being arrested by police
Almost 200 people have died since October 2015 in violence in the occupied territories (AFP)

A Palestinian teen stabbed and seriously wounded an Israeli man at a petrol station outside a West Bank settlement before being apprehended, police said on Thursday.

The 17-year-old Palestinian male from Bir Nabala, a village south of Ramallah, stabbed the ultra-Orthodox Israeli Jew twice in the back near the Givat Zeev settlement on Wednesday night and then fled.

Bystanders pursued the stabber, who discarded the knife, and subdued him until police arrived at the scene and arrested him, a police statement read.

Magen David Adom medics moved the Israeli to Shaare Zedek hospital in Jerusalem in serious condition, where he was being treated. The Palestinian was taken to Hadassah hospital in Jerusalem with light wounds.

Givat Zeev is a short distance from Beit Horon, where on Monday two Palestinians stabbed an Israeli woman to death and wounded another before being shot dead by a security guard.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the army following Monday's attack to submit a "comprehensive plan" to better ensure the security of settlements.

A wave of Palestinian knife, gun and car attacks since October 1 has killed 25 Israelis, as well as an American and an Eritrean, according to an AFP count.

At the same time, 159 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces, most while carrying out attacks and others during clashes and demonstrations.