Arab and Jewish residents in the flash-point West Bank city of Hebron clashed violently Monday following a Palestinian terror attack that left one Israeli seriously wounded earlier in the day.
Palestinians threw stones at Israelis who gathered near the Tomb of the Patriarchs holy site to demonstrate against the attack.
Several dozen Jewish residents marched into Hebron’s old city in protest at the attack. They threw rocks at Palestinians and were met by volleys of rocks in return.
Israeli security forces pushed the marchers back toward the Jewish enclave in the city, while holding back Palestinian demonstrators at the Tomb of the Patriarchs.
There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage from the clashes.
On Monday afternoon, a Palestinian stabbed and seriously wounded an Israeli man in his 40s near the Tomb 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.
Police say he arrived at the hospital’s trauma center in severe condition, where he was connected to a ventilator. The Magen David Adom emergency medical services reported he was in stable condition.
MDA paramedic Zaki Yahav said the injured victim was slipping in and out of consciousness when they arrived at the scene.
“We put him in an intensive-care ambulance with the aim of getting him to the hospital quickly,” he said. “We gave him life-saving treatments as we drove, including stopping the bleeding… He is in serious condition.”
Hebron 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 only shared city in the West Bank, Hebron has seen constant friction between the community of several hundred Jewish settlers and the much larger Palestinian population.
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.