IDF Soldier Lightly Wounded in Stabbing Attack in West Bank

Forces opened fire after the stabbing, ultimately arresting the attacker; Palestinian said to have asked soldier for water before attacking him.

Gili Cohen
Gili Cohen
Magen David Adom paramedics treating the Palestinian suspect.
Magen David Adom paramedics treating the Palestinian suspect.Credit: Amira Hass
Gili Cohen
Gili Cohen

A Palestinian stabbed an Israeli soldier on Route 443 near Beit Horon on Saturday noon, according to an initial IDF report.

The soldier was lightly wounded. The alleged assailant was arrested after soldiers opened fire, lightly wounding him.

The IDF said the soldier was stabbed in the back, and that he was sent to receive medical treatment. The Red Crescent told the Palestinian news agency Ma'an the assailant was wounded in his hand.

The Palestinian's relatives told Haaretz he is 19 years old and resides in the village of Beit Anan. They added the youth had quarreled with his father in the morning over his work at the family's factory.

According to a Palestinian source, the Palestinian approached the soldier and asked him for some water, and then stabbed him. A Palestinian ambulance driver who said he witnessed the incident said the youth asked for water and was attacked by the soldiers. He then stabbed the soldier in self-defense, the ambulance driver said.

Route 443.Credit: Nir Kafri

Earlier this week, an Israeli man was stabbed at a gas station along Route 443. Israel Defense Forces soldiers opened fire on the assailant, a Palestinian, killing him.

In late June, a female Israeli soldier was seriously wounded in a stabbing at the Rachel Crossing, leading from south Jerusalem to Rachel's Tomb in Bethlehem.

Earlier that month, an Israeli border policeman was critically wounded in a stabbing attack at the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem. The officer was stabbed in the neck, but managed to shoot the attacker before collapsing.

Earlier this week the IDF Central Command instructed soldiers serving in the West Bank not to shoot at Palestinian suspects if they do not pose an immediate threat to life. The directive, circulated after a wave of attacks that followed the firebombing that killed two members of the Dawabsheh family in Duma at the end of July, supplements existing open-fire orders.

The order, from the head of the IDF Central Command, Maj. Gen. Roni Numa, reiterates existing directives regarding opening fire when confronting a suspect, a procedure that includes firing in the air if the suspect flees.

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