IDF troops raid West Bank home of Yavneh terrorist
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IDF troops raid West Bank home of Yavneh terrorist

Doctors working to save critically injured victim of brutal stabbing attack; in separate incident, soldiers catch Palestinian with knife in nearby Etzion bloc

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

Illustrative. IDF check Palestinian cars at a checkpoint in the West Bank village of Yatta on February 10, 2017. (Wisam Hashlamoun/Flash90)
Illustrative. IDF check Palestinian cars at a checkpoint in the West Bank village of Yatta on February 10, 2017. (Wisam Hashlamoun/Flash90)

Israeli troops raided the West Bank home of a Palestinian terrorist who stabbed an Israeli man, critically wounding him, at a supermarket in the central Israeli city of Yavneh on Wednesday, the army said.

Just before noon, Ismail Ibrahim Ismail Abu Aram, 19, from the village of Yatta, attacked a 43-year-old employee of a Shufersal supermarket, stabbing him multiple times in the chest, neck and head. The brutal attack was captured by the store’s security camera (warning: graphic content).

Abu Aram fled the scene but was tackled and pinned to the ground by civilian bystanders until police arrived and arrested him.

The victim was rushed to the nearby Kaplan Medical Center with life threatening injuries and was being operated on, a hospital spokesperson said.

Police and medics respond to a stabbing in a supermarket in the central Israeli city of Yavneh on August 2, 2017. (United Hatzalah)
Police and medics respond to a stabbing in a supermarket in the central Israeli city of Yavneh on August 2, 2017. (United Hatzalah)

On Wednesday afternoon, Israeli troops entered Yatta, outside Hebron, and raided Abu Aram’s home, the army said.

According to the Shin Bet security service, Abu Aram entered Israel illegally, without a required permit.

He had no history of terrorist activity. Police handed Abu Aram over to the Shin Bet for further questioning, the security service said.

An IDF spokesperson said the soldiers had not arrested anyone, but were “conducting searches” in the house. She would not elaborate further on what the troops were looking to find.

In the past two years of increased violence in the West Bank and Israel, several Palestinian terrorists have come from the village of Yatta, notably the two gunmen who carried out the Sarona Market terror attack in June 2016, in which four people were killed and over a dozen wounded.

Woman with knife held

Also on Wednesday afternoon, Israeli troops standing guard near the Etzion junction in the West Bank south of Jerusalem arrested a Palestinian woman who had approached them with a knife.

According to the army, the Palestinian woman started walking toward the troops. The troops noticed her approach and, holding up their guns, told her to stop.

The woman then “threw away a knife that she had in her possession,” the army said.

She was arrested and handed over to the Shin Bet for further questioning.

The past two years have seen an ongoing wave of violence in the West Bank and Israel that has lessened in intensity in recent months.

Since September 2015, assailants have killed 48 Israelis, two visiting Americans, a Palestinian man and a British student, mainly in stabbing, shooting and vehicular attacks. In that time, some 280 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire, a majority of them attackers, according to authorities.

The Israeli government blames the terrorism and violence on incitement by Palestinian political and religious leaders compounded on social media sites that glorify violence and encourage attacks.

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