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IDF soldier hurt in West Bank bomb attack

Troops search near settlement of Har Gilo for perpetrators; victim in moderate to serious condition

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An IDF soldier was moderately wounded Wednesday night when an explosive device was hurled at an army base near the West Bank settlement of Har Gilo, on the southern outskirts of Jerusalem.

The soldier, who suffered injuries to his eye, face, and shoulder was transferred to Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem for further medical treatment.

IDF forces began searching the area for the perpetrators of the attack.

Opposition leader Isaac Herzog condemned the attack, and warned that the security situation could spiral out of control.

“Whoever hurts an Israeli – on his own head be it. The situation is deteriorating with the sequence of events and without drastic change, we may find ourselves in a third intifada,” Herzog wrote on his Twitter account. “I wish the soldier who was wounded in this evening’s attack a full and speedy recovery. There is no compromise against terror and I even said that yesterday to Abu Mazen [Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas].”

Earlier Wednesday, a toddler and her father were lightly wounded in a rock-throwing attack on Road 443 north of Jerusalem. The two-year-old girl and the father, who were not immediately 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 the light rail 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 injured reported among the protesters.

Times of Israel Staff contributed to this report.

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