Israeli soldier lightly hurt in Hebron stabbing, attackers killed
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Israeli soldier lightly hurt in Hebron stabbing, attackers killed

Two Palestinian assailants shot dead by security forces in Tel Rumeida neighborhood

IDF soldiers stand guard near the site where a Palestinian attempted to stab a soldier before being shot dead in the West Bank city of Hebron on October 28, 2015. (AFP/Hazem Bader)
IDF soldiers stand guard near the site where a Palestinian attempted to stab a soldier before being shot dead in the West Bank city of Hebron on October 28, 2015. (AFP/Hazem Bader)

An Israeli soldier was lightly injured in a stabbing attack in the West Bank city of Hebron overnight Thursday-Friday.

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 soldier was evacuated to Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek hospital for treatment, according to the Ynet news website.

Earlier Thursday, an Israeli police officer was moderately wounded in a stabbing attack outside the Old City of Jerusalem, security officials said. The suspected assailant, a 21-year-old resident of the Palestinian West Bank city of Tulkarem, was shot dead when he approached a police car and stabbed the officer.

The Jerusalem stabbing occurred on Hanevi’im Street, a main road near Damascus Gate, close to the seam line between the eastern and western parts of the city.

Channel 2 reported that aside from wounds sustained to his upper body during the stabbing itself, the police officer suffered injuries to his lower extremities after being hit by bullets fired at the suspected assailant by Israeli security forces.

Hours earlier, an Israeli Arab man was shot and moderately injured and an IDF soldier was lightly hurt in an attack near the Hizme checkpoint, north of Jerusalem, the army said. The suspected Palestinian terrorist was shot dead. Paramedics treated the 47-year-old man and the 20-year-old soldier on site before evacuating them to Jerusalem’s Hadassah Hospital in Ein Kerem.

Israeli security forces and forensics transport the body of Mazen Aribe was shot following an attack at a the Hizme checkpoint north of Jerusalem on December 3, 2015. (AFP PHOTO / AHMAD GHARABLI)
Israeli security forces and forensics transport the body of Mazen Aribe who was shot during an attack at the Hizme checkpoint north of Jerusalem on December 3, 2015. (AFP PHOTO / AHMAD GHARABLI)

According to the IDF, the gunman stopped at the Hizme checkpoint, exited his vehicle and opened fire. Soldiers shot at the gunman in response, killing the attacker. Palestinian media reported that the shooter was a 37-year-old Palestinian intelligence officer named Mazen Aribe, from the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Abu Dis, a father of four.

Judah Ari Gross contributed to this report.

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