A Palestinian assailant fired toward Israeli soldiers near the Palestinian town of Arraba in the northern West Bank, the Israeli army said Monday afternoon.
According to the army, soldiers responded by firing at the man, who was injured as a result. Medical responders who arrived at the scene said that the man is in moderate condition, and has been evacuated to a hospital to receive further medical care.
The Israel Defense Forces also noted in a statement that a second suspect was also involved in the incident, which took place while the soldiers where safeguarding a civilian bus that had travelled in the area. He turned himself in a few hours after the incident.
The man, a 20-year-old resident of Saniriya, approached a Border Police outpost at the Tapuah Junction and "behaved suspiciously," according to the Israel Police spokesperson.
According to the statement, policemen began pursuing the suspect on foot. Another policeman driving nearby spotted the chase and blocked the suspect with his car.
The suspect then pulled out a knife and tried opening the car door in an attempt to stab the policeman inside, who then shot and wounded him, said the statement.
- Israeli army destroys apartment of attacker who killed rabbi and soldier in West Bank
- Soldiers have to shoot at Palestinians. It's Israel's way to keep them in check
- Bleeding, blindfolded and cuffed, Osama tried to run. Then came the second shot
It was initially reported the suspect had died at the scene. However, he was evacuated in critical condition by the Israeli army for medical attention.
Earlier this month, a Palestinian man was killed after he allegedly tried to carry out a stabbing attack at the Hawara checkpoint near the West Bank city of Nablus. Another Palestinian man was moderately wounded and taken to hospital, the Palestinian Health Ministry said at the time.