An off-duty IDF soldier who was killed in a terror attack near Ramallah Thursday will be laid to rest Friday at the Mount Herzl military cemetery.
Tuvia Yanai Weissman, 21, a resident of the West Bank settlement of Ma’ale Mikhmas, died of stab wounds sustained during a terror stabbing at a supermarket in the Sha’ar Binyamin industrial zone, located southeast of Ramallah in the West Bank.
He was stabbed and critically injured while shopping with his wife and four-month-old daughter, Maariv reported.
Magen David Adom paramedic Shalom Galil, who administered first aid to Weissman, said: “We found him between the aisles in the supermarket with stab wounds to his upper body. We gave him medical treatment that included stopping the bleeding, hydration and dressing [the wounds].”
Weissman, a soldier in the Nahal Brigade, will be buried at 8:00 a.m. Friday on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem. He is survived by his parents, three brothers and his wife and child.
Channel 10 TV reported that the attackers walked around the supermarket for about 20 minutes scoping out victims before the stabbing.
A second man was seriously wounded in the attack Thursday afternoon.
The station spoke with an unidentified civilian who said he opened fire at the attackers. The civilian, who was carrying a gun, said he was inside a prayer area near the supermarket. Soon after services began, he heard screaming, went outside and shot at the attackers.
The two Palestinian stabbers were shot by an armed civilian, police said.
Omar Rimawi and Ihad Sabah, both 14 from Beitunia near Ramallah, were shot and injured. Sabah later died of his wounds, Ynet reported.
Israeli police released photographs from the supermarket showing blood splattered on the floor of an isle stocked with laundry detergent on display near a shopping cart.
The supermarket is located in an industrial zone frequented by Israeli settlers as well as Palestinians. Several attacks have taken place there in recent months.
The outburst of Palestinian terrorism and violence, which began in September over tensions at Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, sacred to both Jews and Muslims, shows no signs of abating. Israel says the violence is fueled by a Palestinian campaign of lies and incitement, compounded on social media sites that glorify and encourage attacks. Palestinians say it stems from frustration at nearly five decades of Israeli rule and dwindling hopes for gaining independence.
Since October 1, some 30 Israelis have been killed by Palestinians in knife, gun and car-ramming attacks. At the same time, more than 160 Palestinians have been killed, some 115 of them while carrying out attacks, and others during clashes and demonstrations.
News agencies contributed to this report.