Palestinian shot trying to stab IDF soldier in Hebron

Attacker’s knife fails to penetrate ceramic armor in second attack of the day on troops in the area

An Israeli soldier guards at the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron on September 13, 2015. (Flash90)
An Israeli soldier guards at the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron on September 13, 2015. (Flash90)

Israeli security forces on Monday shot a Palestinian man in the West Bank city of Hebron as he attempted to stab an IDF soldier near the Tomb of the Patriarchs.

The attacker died of his wounds on the way to hospital, the IDF said.

The attacker’s knife didn’t penetrate the soldier’s ceramic vest, Walla news reported. The soldier wasn’t injured in the attack.

According to reports, the soldiers were members of the Givati infantry brigade.

The attack on Monday afternoon was the second of the day in Hebron, after an Israeli soldier was stabbed and seriously injured that morning. The attacker was shot and killed by other troops as he carried out the knife attack near the entrance to the Palestinian village of Beit Anun, north of Hebron, the IDF said.

The victim suffered a stab wound to his neck and was taken to the Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek hospital in serious condition, the army said in a statement. The military later confirmed the victim was a soldier.

Troops have been stationed near Beit Anun along Route 60, a main West Bank artery, to stem rock-throwing attacks on Israeli motorists in the area.

The stabbing attack is the latest in a spate of incidents, including knife attacks and vehicular assaults, to rock the southern West Bank in the last several days.

On Sunday afternoon, a woman attempted to stab soldiers at a checkpoint in Hebron, and was shot and killed by troops at the scene, the army said. There were no injuries in that attack.

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