IDF soldier moderately wounded in stabbing attack; assailant killed

24-year-old suffers injuries to upper body outside Qalandia checkpoint; some 200 Palestinians riot near crossing

An Israeli soldier was moderately wounded in a stabbing attack in the West Bank’s Qalandiya area north of Jerusalem on Friday, a police spokeswoman said. She said the Palestinian attacker was shot dead by surrounding forces.

The 24-year-old IDF soldier was stabbed by a 28-year-old assailant who approached the Israeli checkpoint at Qalandiya on foot, officials said. The attacker was shot by both a soldier from the Military Police and a civilian security guard, and was killed.

The soldier suffered stab wounds to his upper body. He was treated at the scene by paramedics who then took him to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem

The attacker was a Jerusalem native, according to AFP.

Some 200 Palestinians were rioting at the Qalandia checkpoint an hour after the stabbing. Police said security forces at the checkpoint were using riot-dispersal means.

The Qalandiya checkpoint is the main crossing into the West Bank city of Ramallah.

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