Israeli man badly injured in West Bank knife attack; attacker flees

Stabbing outside supermarket in Sha’ar Binyamin, north of Jerusalem, minutes after a woman attempts to ram soldiers with her car

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's religions and Diaspora affairs correspondent.

Paramedics on the scene of a stabbing attack in the Sha'ar Binyamin industrial park in the West Bank on Nov. 6, 2015. (Magen David Adom)
Paramedics on the scene of a stabbing attack in the Sha'ar Binyamin industrial park in the West Bank on Nov. 6, 2015. (Magen David Adom)

A Palestinian stabbed a middle-aged Israeli man outside of a grocery store in a West Bank industrial park on Friday afternoon and then fled the scene, police said.

The Israeli man, approximately 40 years old, was seriously injured in the attack. He sustained stab wounds to the upper body, and paramedics treated the man on site before taking him to a hospital, the Magen David Adom medical service said.

The army and police quickly began searching the surrounding area for the attacker, the IDF said.

“When I arrived at the scene I saw a man who appeared to be in his 30s with stab wounds to the upper body, but fully conscious,” MDA paramedic Hagai Bar-Tov, who treated the man, said.

“Along with army medical personnel who arrived on the scene, we gave him life saving treatment, which included bandaging his wounds, putting in an IV and administering medication. We quickly took him in an intensive care ambulance to Shaare Zedek Medical Center,” Bar-Tov said.

The attack occurred outside the Rami Levy supermarket in Sha’ar Binyamin, an industrial area north of Jerusalem and southeast of Ramallah.

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Just minutes earlier, a Palestinian woman attempted to run over IDF soldiers near Hebron, but was shot by troops at the scene.

None of the soldiers was reported injured in the attack, which took place at Halhul Junction, site of a similar attack earlier this week. The driver was seriously injured and received medical treatment on the scene before being evacuated to a nearby hospital, an army spokeswoman said.

A woman attempted to drive her car into IDF troops near Halhul Bridge outside of Hebron, the army said.

The forces on the scene saw the car approaching them and fired at the attacker, injuring her. The Palestinian woman was taken to Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center for treatment of her injuries.

On Wednesday, an Israeli Border Police officer suffered multiple injuries and is still in critical condition after being run over by a Palestinian man in a car-ramming attack north of Hebron.

Earlier on Friday, a woman was arrested by Israeli officers at the Allenby Bridge crossing in the West Bank in possession of a knife. She was held for questioning and the weapon confiscated.

In a separate incident, a Molotov cocktail and pipe bomb were also reportedly thrown at Israeli troops near Hebron. No injuries were reported. Earlier on Friday morning, Palestinians threw Molotov cocktails at Israeli cars near Hebron, inflicting no injuries bytbut minor damage was caused to vehicles. Israel Defense Forces soldiers who searched the area found a stash of fire bombs and rocks.

Times of Israel staff contributed to this report

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