Israeli Soldier Lightly Wounded in Hebron Stabbing

Palestinian assailant shot dead; second attack thwarted.

Israel Police Spokesperson's Unit

A soldier was lightly wounded Thursday morning in Hebron when he was stabbed by a Palestinian assailant.The assailant was shot dead at the site. 

Later Thursday, a Palestinian assailant was shot dead after he attempted to stab an IDF soldier near Beit Hadassah, in the West Bank.

According to initial reports about the earlier incident, a Palestinian approached Israel Defense Forces soldiers during a clash in Hebron, stabbed a soldier in his head and attempted to stab a Border Police soldier who stood beside him. The Border Police soldier shot him and killed him.

The soldier wounded in the attack serves in the Kfir Brigade, and was stationed in the area as part of reinforcement in light of the recent escalation in violence.

Magen David Adom ambulance services said it received a report at 8:08 A.M. that a young man had been wounded in an attack along the route between Kiryat Arba and Hebron, in the West Bank. After being treated at the site, the soldier was taken to Hadassah University Hospital, Ein Karem, suffering from cuts to the head.

This is the eighth attack in Hebron this month, while another six attacks in the area have been thwarted. In addition to the soldier today, a soldier and a man aged 25 were seriously wounded and a soldier was moderately wounded in the series of attacks. Four people were lightly wounded. Fourteen of the 15 assailants were shot dead.

Palestinian and international rights groups say there are mounting suspicions that in some cases, Israeli troops used lethal force when their lives weren’t in danger. Amnesty International said four shootings it investigated, including three in Hebron, “appear to have been extra-judicial executions.”

Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, an Israeli military spokesman, rejected the allegation.

“Outrageous, unsubstantiated and anonymous claims have become a knee-jerk Palestinian response in a reality where Israelis have been stabbed, slashed, shot, butchered and run over in recent weeks,” he said. “This conveniently redirects the focus from the reality of the threat and the real victims of Palestinian incitement, violence and terror.”

One case cited by Amnesty involved 17-year-old Dania Ersheid, a high school senior who was shot dead by Israeli border police this week as she tried to enter the Muslim section of the Hebron shrine.

Israeli police said she pulled out a knife and screamed at Israeli troops, who opened fire. Amnesty, citing unidentified witnesses, said she was shot as she raised her hands during a security check, yelling at border police that she did not have a knife. “She was not posing a threat to Israeli forces when she was shot,” the rights group said.