Israeli Soldier Wounded in Shooting Attack in South Hebron Hills

Soldier lightly to moderately wounded; unit was checking vehicles when hit by gunfire from a distance.

Scene of the shooting attack outside the Cave of the Patriarchs, Hebron, January 3, 2016.
Scene of the shooting attack outside the Cave of the Patriarchs, Hebron, January 3, 2016. Reuters

An Israeli soldier was wounded in a shooting attack in the south Hebron Hills in the West Bank early evening Sunday.

The soldier was hit in the leg, and suffered light to moderate wounds. His unit was vehicles on the road when they were hit by gunfire from a distance. Israeli forces are combing the area for the shooter.

This was the third attack Sunday. Earlier, a 20-year-old Israeli soldier was moderately wounded in a shooting attack near the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron. She was evacuated to Shaare Zedek Medical Center, Jerusalem. 

Shortly after the Hebron attack, an attempted stabbing attack was reported in Jerusalem's Armon Hanatziv neighborhood. According to the police, a suspected assailant attacked a man with a knife at a bus stop, but failed to cause him any injuries. The attacker fled, and later a suspect was arrested in the vicinity.  

The attack came two days after two Israelis were killed and seven were wounded in a shooting at a bar in central Tel Aviv.

This is the second attack in the West Bank since Thursday, when an Israel Defense Forces soldier was lightly wounded in a car-ramming attack.

Last Wednesday, an Israeli maintenance worker at the Tomb of the Patriarchs succumbed to wounds sustained in a Hebron stabbing attack that occurred earlier that month.