IDF Bedouin Soldier Wounded in West Bank Stabbing Attack

The 20-year-old, who is a tracker in the Israeli army, sustained light wounds from an attack in Gush Etzion; the assailant was shot and injured.

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Site of stabbing at the Gush Etzion checkpoint early Friday morning, Oct, 23, 2015.Credit: MDA

A 20-year-old Bedouin serving in the Israeli army as a tracker was lightly wounded in a stabbing attack near the security fence in Gush Etzion in the West Bank early Friday morning. The assailant was shot and injured.

Initial reports indicate that at 7:18, paramedics and MDA paramedics tended to the 20-year-old soldier who was stabbed in his upper body. "When we got there we saw a young man walking while fully conscious, with a stab wound in his upper body," said MDA paramedic Zohar Maman who was on scene. "We treated him his light wound...and sent him to the hospital." He was taken to Shaarei Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem for further treatment.

Construction work in Elazar, a settlement in the Gush Etzion bloc, in July 2010.Credit: AP

The IDF reported that the incident occurred near the security fence during a routine operation designed to test that there was no irregularities or suspicious activity in the area. 

The tracker, who has yet to be identified, opened the gate for Palestinian farmers so that they could continue working during the current olive harvest. As the tracker opened the gate, he was stabbed. Other soldiers on scene shot and wounded the assailant immediately. 

On Thursday, a 27-year-old man was moderately wounded in a stabbing attack in Beit Shemesh. The two assailants, Hamas terrorists, were shot- one killed, one injured.The 27-year-old was taken to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital with stab wounds to his upper body.

This is the first attack since the shooting that killed Eitam and Na'ama Henkin that has been expressly connected to Hamas.

This is a developing story.