Israeli Seriously Wounded After Stabbing Attack on West Bank Bus

The Palestinian assailant was shot dead by an Israeli passenger on the bus after stabbing the man with a screwdriver

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The scene of the stabbing on Thursday morning.
The scene of the stabbing on Thursday morning.Credit: Ohad Zwigenberg

A 28-year-old Israeli man was seriously injured after being stabbed with a screwdriver by a Palestinian on Thursday morning on a bus near the West Bank settlement of Efrat.

The Palestinian assailant, identified as Nidal Jaa'fra in his thirties, was shot dead by an Israeli civilian on the bus.

The Israeli military arrived at his home in Tarqumiyah, near Hebron, to conduct a search and interrogations.

The man was given first aid at the scene before he was transferred to Jerusalem's Shaare Zedek Hospita in a serious but stable condition after being stabbed in the upper body. 

The Hospital spokesperson reported on Friday that the victim regained consciousness and was able to breathe independently.

The scene of the stabbing on Thursday morning.Credit: Ohad Zwigenberg

The stabbing took place at the Neve Daniel junction on Route 60, south of Jerusalem. 

Also Thursday morning, two Palestinians were killed in a gunfire exchange with Israeli soldiers in the northern West Bank, at a refugee camp in Jenin. The Palestinian Health Ministry said three Palestinians were also seriously wounded and eleven others sustained light injuries.

Neve Daniel Junction in the West Bank.

An Israeli soldier was also lightly injured during the raid, which the military said was aimed at arresting Palestinians suspected to be linked to the terror attack that killed five Israelis in Bnei Brak on  Tuesday.

Israel's security cabinet decided Wednesday to revoke the work permits of assailants' relatives, following three terror attacks in a week that took place across the country and left 11 people dead.

The cabinet did not discuss the concessions that were planned to be granted to the Palestinians during the holy month of Ramadan. Defense officials recommended that the cabinet wait until next week to make a decision, when the Friday mass Ramadan prayers are scheduled to begin.

All the attendees at the meeting agreed not to impose a closure on the West Bank. Security officials presented the ministers with intelligence assessments indicating no apparent connection between the three attacks, two of which were carried out by Israeli civilians and one by a Palestinian from the Jenin area.

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