Israeli woman stabbed, moderately hurt outside West Bank supermarket

In separate incident, Palestinian attempts to stab soldier near Hebron’s Tomb of the Patriarchs, is shot by troops

Medics arrive at the scene of a stabbing attack at the Gush Etzion Junction in the West Bank on October 28, 2015. (Aba Ritzman/Magen David Adom)
Medics arrive at the scene of a stabbing attack at the Gush Etzion Junction in the West Bank on October 28, 2015. (Aba Ritzman/Magen David Adom)

An Israeli woman was in moderate condition after being stabbed in the back in the Etzion Bloc in the West Bank.

The terror attack took place outside the Rami Levy supermarket at Etzion Junction.

The woman was conscious as she was treated by rescue personnel at the scene.

The Palestinian attacker fled the scene after the stabbing, but was caught and subdued by police. Initial reports did not indicate his condition, police spokeswoman Luba Samri said.

“When I arrived to the scene, I saw an approximately 40-year-old woman sitting in her vehicle,” MDA paramedic Wally Wolfstahl said. “She was fully conscious and suffering from a stab wound to the upper body. People on the scene told me they put her in the vehicle after she was stabbed by a terrorist.”

“We gave her medical care with the help of IDF medics that arrived on the scene. After giving her first aid in the field, we sent her to the hospital. She is in moderate and stable condition,” he said.

In a separate incident earlier Wednesday, a Palestinian man who attempted to stab an Israeli soldier in the Tel Rumeida area of the West Bank city of Hebron was shot dead by security forces.

The attempted stabbing took place near the Tomb of the Patriarchs holy site, the scene of several stabbing attacks in recent weeks. According to the IDF, the attacker drew a knife and tried to stab soldiers guarding the Gilbert checkpoint.

There were no reports of Israeli injuries.

The two attacks on Wednesday took place less than a half hour apart.

The IDF on Tuesday said it thwarted a stabbing attack on a soldier in the small Israeli enclave of Tel Rumeida in the divided city. The soldier was not injured in the attempted attack.

The city has seen near-daily stabbing attacks over the last two weeks.

In a separate incident, six residents of the Israeli Arab town of Tira were arrested Wednesday on suspicion of throwing firebombs at cars on Route 6, the country’s main north-south artery.

The men were arrested after a coordinated investigation by the police and Shin Bet security agency. The suspects said during interrogation that they decided to throw the explosives at passing vehicles in light of the rising Palestinian terrorism against Israel over allegations Israel is plotting to change the status quo on the Temple Mount, Channel 10 reported.

The six were charged with creating weapons and throwing firebombs at passing vehicles.

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