Israeli soldier slashed in face in Hebron; assailant killed
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Israeli soldier slashed in face in Hebron; assailant killed

In fourth incident of the day, 19-year-old trooper knifed, lightly wounded at West Bank checkpoint

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

Soldiers at the scene where a soldier was stabbed in Hebron on September 16, 2016 (YouTube screenshot)
Soldiers at the scene where a soldier was stabbed in Hebron on September 16, 2016 (YouTube screenshot)

An Israeli soldier was lightly wounded in a stabbing attack at a checkpoint in the West Bank city of Hebron on Friday, according to officials.

The assailant was shot and killed by forces at the Gilbert checkpoint near the Tel Rumeida neighborhood of the city, the army said.

The 19-year-old soldier had his face slashed in the attack, the Magen David Adom ambulance service said.

He received treatment on the scene from both MDA paramedics and an army medical unit, before he was taken to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem for further care, according to the ambulance service.

This was the fourth terror-related incident of the day, and the second in the Hebron area. Earlier on Friday, a Jordanian national was shot and killed as he attempted to stab a Border Police officer at the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem.

The knife used in a stabbing attack on an IDF soldier at a checkpoint in Hebron on September 16, 2016. (Yishai Fleisher/Hebron Jewish community)
The knife used in a stabbing attack on an IDF soldier at a checkpoint in Hebron on September 16, 2016. (Yishai Fleisher/Hebron Jewish community)

Less than an hour later, a soldier shot and killed a Palestinian man and seriously wounded a Palestinian woman who allegedly carried out a car-ramming attack outside the Kiryat Arba settlement next to Hebron.

On Friday afternoon, a bus driver was also lightly wounded when unidentified perpetrators threw rocks and glass bottles full of paint at his vehicle on the highway between Jerusalem and the Ma’ale Adumim settlement.

Late Thursday night in Hebron, IDF soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian suspect, Muhammad Ahmad Abed al-Fattah al-Sarrahin, who fled as they attempted to arrest him.

“During an arrest operation in Beit Ula, security forces apprehended one suspect while another attempted to flee the building,” an Israeli army spokeswoman told AFP.

“During the pursuit a force opened fire, resulting in the suspect’s death.”

The Hebron area, where Palestinians, Israeli settlers and soldiers live in close proximity, has been a frequent scene of clashes between Israeli security forces and Palestinians, as well as terror attacks by Palestinian assailants.

In the past year, Israel saw a wave of so-called “lone wolf” Palestinian terror attacks, which claimed the lives of 35 Israelis and four foreign nationals since October 2015. Over 200 Palestinians have also been killed in the past year, with the Israeli army and police saying that most of those killed were attackers or involved in clashes with security forces.

However, the violence had dramatically waned in the past several months.

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