JERUSALEM:– Israeli forces on Monday hunted for a Palestinian suspect accused of breaking into a West Bank home and stabbing a Jewish woman to death, further boosting tensions after months of violence. As the hunt was under way, another stabbing occurred on a street in a separate West Bank settlement, wounding a 30-year-old pregnant woman identified as Michal Froman. The 17-year-old Palestinian assailant was shot by security personnel and taken to hospital in severe condition after the attack in Tekoa south of Jerusalem.–AFP

While Sunday's killing was part of a months-long wave of violence, it was the first inside a Jewish settlement home in the occupied West Bank and triggered fears that the unrest was worsening and that Israel would impose a harsh security crackdown on Palestinians.