Doctors fight to save eye of IED-hit soldier

Attacker threw improvised bomb at army base south of Jerusalem, leaving enlisted man moderately wounded

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Doctors operated overnight Wednesday to save the eye of an IDF soldier who was wounded in a bomb attack on an army post south of Jerusalem.

Officials at Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem said after the surgery that the soldier was doing well.

The soldier was moderately injured by an improvised explosive device thrown at the entrance of the Panorama army post near the West Bank settlement of Har Gilo and the Palestinian village of Beit Jala between Jerusalem and Bethlehem, along the tunnel road that leads to the Gush Etzion settlement bloc.

The soldier was injured in his eye, face and shoulder.

IDF forces swept the area for the perpetrators of the attack, but did not report catching anyone.

The soldier was fully conscious when he arrived at the hospital and doctors operated on his eye during the night. His family were informed of the incident and joined him at the hospital as he recovered from the operation.

Hospital officials told Army Radio that his other injuries are light. Doctors expect him to be released in the coming days.

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Earlier Wednesday, a toddler and her father were lightly wounded in a rock-throwing attack on Route 443 north of Jerusalem. The two-year-old girl and the father, who were not named by police, were hit by glass shards from the car’s window, which shattered when it was hit by a thrown rock from the side of the road near the West Bank village of Bir Nabala.

According to police, the incident was the second time a car was hit with rocks on the highway Wednesday evening. Both incidents saw damage caused to the vehicles, but only in the later one were passengers hurt.

Two other rock-throwing attacks took place in Jerusalem on Wednesday. On Wednesday night, rocks were thrown at a light rail car as it passed by the Shuafat neighborhood in northern Jerusalem. No damage was caused to the train. Police are searching for the suspects in the attack.

Earlier, a policeman was lightly injured in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Isawiyah when rock-throwing protesters clashed with Border Police forces. The rioters were dispersed with tear gas. There were no arrests or injuries reported among the protesters.

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