Israeli stabbed in West Bank; Palestinian attacker shot dead by IDF
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Israeli stabbed in West Bank; Palestinian attacker shot dead by IDF

Victim, 26, attacked at a gas station near Modiin, moderately injured; troops hunting for three more assailants

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

Israeli security forces stand by the body of a Palestinian man who was shot after stabbing an Israeli on Sunday night, August 9, 2015, at a gas station on the 443 road to Jerusalem (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Israeli security forces stand by the body of a Palestinian man who was shot after stabbing an Israeli on Sunday night, August 9, 2015, at a gas station on the 443 road to Jerusalem (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

An Israeli man was moderately wounded in a stabbing Sunday night in the West Bank. The Israel Defense Forces said that the man, aged 26, was set upon by a group of Palestinian assailants at a gas station on Route 443, near Modiin.

The IDF said troops opened fire at one of the suspects in the group in order to prevent his escape. He was confirmed dead at the scene by Israeli medical personnel.

The Israeli fled the attack, arriving at a nearby checkpoint for help. He was taken to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem after Magen David Adom paramedics were called to the scene to provide initial treatment.

The other three men who carried out the attack fled the scene. Israeli security forces began searching the area for the rest of the assailants.

Traffic on the highway was blocked by the security forces on the scene, Israel Police reported.

In recent days security forces have been on high alert in the West Bank following the deaths of a 1-year-old infant Ali Saad Dawabsha last week and his father Saad Dawabsha on Saturday morning.

The Palestinian infant was killed in the West Bank town of Duma last month in a firebombing attack on the family’s home, apparently by Jewish extremists.

His father was seriously wounded in the attack, but remained alive for another week, before ultimately succumbing to his wounds.

The baby’s mother Riham and brother Ahmad remain in critical and serious conditions, respectively, in Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer, outside Tel Aviv.

Israel Defense Forces Central Command told Israel Radio the deaths of the Duma firebombing victims will spark a wave of Palestinian demonstrations and trigger acts of revenge in the West Bank.

Three Israeli soldiers were wounded — two of them seriously — when a Palestinian terrorist plowed his car into them as they stood at a hitchhiking post in the northern West Bank on Thursday afternoon.

Dozens of Palestinians threw stones at IDF soldiers and lit tires on fire near the West Bank village of Duma Saturday following the funeral for Saad Dawabsha.

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