Israeli Wounded in West Bank Stabbing; Two Assailants Killed

Attack took place at Gush Etzion Junction; victim, 19, in moderate condition.

Lior Mizrahi

Two Palestinian assailants tried to stab an Israeli man at the Gush Etzion Junction in the West Bank on Tuesday, and were shot by security forces.

According to medical teams, the victim, 19, suffered moderate wounds, and was taken to haare Zedek Hospital in Jerusalem.

Soldiers from the Shimshon Battalion who were on a mission in the area approached two Palestinian men who they said raised their suspicion. As they questioned them, one of the suspects stabbed one of the soldiers. Another soldier fired at the men, killing the two.

Earlier Tuesday, a stabbing attack was averted when a police officer noticed two suspicious-looking youths in Jerusalem.

According to the police, a Jerusalem District Police officer was on his way to work when two suspicious-looking teens caught his attention near Tsahal Square, which is by the Old City of Jerusalem. The policeman watched the two as they observed passers-by, "probably in an attempt to track Jews," according to the police district's spokesperson. The policeman then approached the two and questioned them, while keeping a safe distance, and found they were carrying a bag with an axe and Stanly knife inside, the spokesman said.

The suspects are Palestinian teens aged about 16 or 17, from the A-Tur neighborhood of East Jerusalem, the police said, adding that they were arrested and taken in for questioning.

On Monday, an Israeli soldier was seriously wounded in a stabbing attack near Hebron on Monday morning; his Palestinian attacker was shot and killed