Israeli Soldier Wounded in West Bank Stabbing

Victim moderately wounded in Hebron attack; two assailants shot and killed.

A file photo showing the Jewish settlement of Hebron.Dan Keinan

An Israeli soldier was wounded in a stabbing attack at a checkpoint in the West Bank city of Hebron on Thursday morning.

The soldier was moderately wounded.

Magen David Adom said that paramedics arrived at the scene of the stabbing at the entrance to the Tel Rumeida neighborhood in the city, where they treated the soldier for stab wounds to the arm and shoulder before evacuating him to hospital. The solder is in stable condition, MDA added. 

The two assailants were shot and killed. The were identified as Abed al-Fattah al-Sharif, 21, and Ramzi al-Qasrawi, 20.

The scene of a stabbing attack at in Hebron in the West Bank on Thursday, March 24, 2016.United Hatzalah

On Saturday, a Border Police officer was lightly wounded in a stabbing attack in Hebron. The attack took place near the Tomb of the Patriarchs when a 17-year-old Palestinian drew a knife and began stabbing the policeman at a checkpoint after security forces asked him for identification, police said.

In an unusual step, Israel has imposed a closure on the West Bank and Gaza during the Purim holiday, and will not allow Palestinians to enter Israeli territory.

The decision to prevent the entry of Palestinians from the West Bank into Israel was made by the political leadership on Tuesday, at the conclusion of a situation assessment. This is a comprehensive step that will restrict the work of at least 80,000 Palestinians during the holiday and the coming weekend.