An Israeli soldier was stabbed and seriously injured in an attack near the West Bank city of Hebron Monday morning.
The attacker was shot and killed by other troops as he carried out the knife attack near the entrance to the Palestinian village of Beit Anun, north of Hebron, the IDF said.
The victim suffered a stab wound to his neck, and was evacuated to a Jerusalem hospital in serious condition, the army said in a statement.
“The assailant stabbed the Israeli in the neck, wounding him severely,” the statement read.
The military later confirmed the victim was a soldier.
A paramedic responding to the scene said the soldier was stabbed several times.
“There was a 19-year-old there, conscious but suffering stab wounds in different parts of his body. We gave him life-saving treatment in an effort to get him to the ER as soon as possible,” the paramedic said.
The victim was taken to the Shaare Zedek medical center in Jerusalem.
Troops have been stationed near Beit Anun along Route 60, a main West Bank artery, to stem rock-throwing attacks on Israeli motorists in the area.
The stabbing attack is the latest in a spate of incidents, including knife attacks and vehicular assaults, to rock the southern West Bank in the last several days.
On Sunday afternoon, a woman attempted to stab soldiers at a checkpoint in Hebron, and was shot and killed by troops at the scene, the army said. There were no injuries in that attack.