Israeli Soldier Lightly Wounded in Stabbing in Hebron in Fourth Attack in Less Than a Day

Palestinian assailant fatally shot by Israeli security forces after two Palestinians and one Jordanian shot and killed in three unrelated attacks in Jerusalem, Hebron and Kiryat Arba.

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A knife used in a stabbing attack that lightly wounded an Israeli soldier in the Tel Rumeida neighborhood in Hebron, West Bank, September 16, 2016.
A knife used in a stabbing attack that lightly wounded an Israeli soldier in the Tel Rumeida neighborhood in Hebron, West Bank, September 16, 2016.Credit: Israel Defense Forces

An Israeli soldier was lightly wounded on Saturday morning in a stabbing attack in the Tel Rumeida neighborhood of Hebron in the West Bank, marking the fourth attack in less than a day.

The Palestinian assailant, Hatim Abd Al-Hafeeth Shaludi, a 25-year-old resident of Hebron, was fatally shot by Israeli security forces and the soldier was taken to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem for medical treatment.

On Friday, a Palestinian assailant was shot and killed after very lightly wounding an Israeli soldier in a stabbing attack at Jilber Junction, near Tel Rumeida in Hebron. The assailant was later identified as 15-year-old Muhammad Thalji Arjabi.

Also on Friday, two Palestinians, a man and a woman, were shot by Israeli soldiers after apparently attempting to run over people standing at a bus stop outside the nearby settlement of Kiryat Arba. The man, Faris Moussa Al-Khadour, 18, was killed and the woman, his fiancée, Raghad Abdullah Khadour, 18, was seriously wounded.

According to Palestinian reports, the woman's sister was killed at the same location about two months ago in an incident in which security forces said she too had attempted to stage an attack by running people over. In Friday's incident, security forces said the couple's car crossed the center line of the road near the bus stop and crashed into concrete barriers at the stop before the two were shot by forces guarding it.

An undated picture of Said Amro, a Jordanian resident who was fatally shot after trying to stab Israeli Border Police officers in Jerusalem on September 16, 2016.Credit: N/A

Initially the Palestinian side denied that the couple had carried out a deliberate attack, but Palestinian sources said after it was learned that Raghad Abdullah Khadour's sister has been involved in a similar incident there, there was growing belief that the collision was deliberate. The sources questioned, however, whether it was necessary to open fire on the couple and suggested that security camera footage of the location be reviewed to get a better understanding of what happened.

On Friday afternoon, a Jordanian was shot after allegedly trying to stab Israeli Border Police officers in Jerusalem. The man, later identified as Said Amro, a resident of Jordan in his 20s, was killed in the incident. The Border Police said the assailant arrived at Damascus Gate from inside the Old City and waved a knife at the officers in each hand while yelling "Allahu akbar" before he was shot and killed. In a search of his body, the Border Police found an additional knife.

A witness told Haaretz that the officers had found the man suspicious and asked him to lift his shirt. At that point, he yelled "Allahu akbar" and was shot by one of the border policeman, said the witness, who added that he had not seen the man actually attack anyone with the knives.

Also on Friday, unknown individuals threw stones at a bus on Route 1 between Jerusalem and the settlement of Ma'aleh Adumim. The driver was injured by glass fragments and treated at the scene.

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