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2 Israelis injured in Hebron stabbing; assailant killed

Soldier moderately injured; son of former MK Orit Strock lightly hurt

Medics wheel a wounded Israeli soldier into the emergency room of the Shaare Zedek Medical Center after he and another man were stabbed in the West Bank city of Hebron, December 9, 2015. (Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Medics wheel a wounded Israeli soldier into the emergency room of the Shaare Zedek Medical Center after he and another man were stabbed in the West Bank city of Hebron, December 9, 2015. (Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Two Israelis were stabbed in the West Bank city of Hebron on Wednesday, sustaining moderate and light injuries respectively.

The terrorist was shot and killed by security forces, according to initial reports.

A photo from the scene shows one of the victims in IDF uniform. The army later confirmed that one of the victims was a soldier and the other a civilian. The latter — who was lightly injured after he was stabbed in the leg — was identified as the son of former Jewish Home MK Orit Strock, according to the Walla news website.

The soldier sustained multiple wounds to his his upper body, according to the Magen David Adom emergency service.

The two Israelis, both in their 20s, were evacuated to Jerusalem for medical treatment.

The attack occurred at the entrance to the Beit Hadassah building in the city’s Jewish enclave.

On Monday afternoon, a Palestinian stabbed and seriously wounded an Israeli man in his 40s in the flashpoint city, near the Tomb of the Patriarchs holy site.

Palestinian sources identified the attacker as 21-year-old Ihab Fathi Miswadi, from Hebron.

Miswadi was shot and killed by security forces at the scene. The Israeli victim sustained several stab wounds to his upper body and was evacuated to the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem in critical condition.

Hebron, home to some 850 settlers and tens of thousands of Palestinians, has been a flash point in the recent wave of Palestinian stabbing, shooting and vehicular attacks that has swept the country since October.

On Saturday, an 18-year-old Palestinian woman was arrested close to the Tomb of the Patriarchs after pulling out a knife in a suspected attempt to carry out a stabbing attack.

On Friday, an Israeli soldier was lightly injured in a stabbing attack in Hebron. The two Palestinian assailants were shot dead at the scene in the Tel Rumeida neighborhood, according to initial reports. They were later identified as Taher Fanun, 19, and Mustafa Fanun, 16, cousins from Hebron.

The Tomb of the Patriarchs, shared by Jews and Muslims — who both revere it as the final resting place of the Biblical Abraham and his kin — has been a particular source of tension in the city.

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