Eight Attacks in Four Days: Two Attempted Stabbings in Hebron

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The scene of the stabbing attack near Herod's Gate in Jerusalem's Old City, September 19, 2016.
The scene of the stabbing attack near Herod's Gate in Jerusalem's Old City, September 19, 2016.Credit: Menachem Kahane, AFP

In the eighth security incident in four days, a stabbing attempt was thwarted in Hebron's Abu Sanina neighborhood on Monday evening, when soldiers managed to subdue the assailant without opening fire. 

Earlier in Hebron, an attempted stabbing attack took place near the Tomb of the Patriarchs. No Israelis were wounded and two Palestinian alleged assailants were shot dead.

Also on Monday, two Israel Police officers were wounded, one seriously, in a stabbing attack in Jerusalem's Old City. The alleged assailant was shot and was in serious condition, according to police.

A 38-year-old female police officer was taken to Jerusalem's Shaare Zedek Medical Center in very serious condition after being stabbed in the neck. She is currently being sedated and is connected to a respirator. A 45-year-old male officer, moderately wounded after being stabbed in the upper body, was taken to Jerusalem's Hadassah University Hospital, Ein Karem.

According to police, the alleged assailant approached the site from the direction of Damascus Gate. Upon noticing the two officers, he walked behind them and stabbed them a number of times. One of the officers then managed to shoot the assailant. Police forces are operating in the area.

According to Magen David Adom emergency responders, paramedics at the site, near Herod's Gate, treated the two for stab wounds to the upper body before evacuating them to hospital for further treatment.

The suspected assailant, a resident of East Jerusalem's Ras al Amud in his 20s, was seriously wounded and taken to a nearby hospital.

Israeli security officials fear a surge of attacks in the West Bank and East Jerusalem ahead of the Jewish High Holy Days.

Separately, the IDF conducted search operations in the West Bank villages of Sa'ir and Beit Ummar overnight on Monday, in the homes of relatives of assailants in recent attacks.  In a weapons search in Bethlehem, the IDF seized a pistol, a home-made pistol, a pipe bomb and 130,000 shekels (about $35,000) the army said were used to fund terror activities.

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