Israeli Soldiers Fatally Shoot Reservist While Trying to Prevent Stabbing

IDF reservist officer fatally shot by fellow soldiers trying to subdue a knife wielding Palestinian at Gush Etzion Junction.

Israeli forces at the scene of an attack at Etzion junction in the West Bank, February 24, 2016.
Fire and Rescue Services, Judea and Samaria

Israeli soldiers shot and killed a reservist officer while trying to subdue a knife-wielding Palestinian man at Gush Etzion Junction in the West Bank on Wednesday. 

Capt. (res.) Eliav Gelman, 31, was discharged only a few months ago from the military. Gelman was married with two sons, and resided in the settlement of Karmei Zur, north of Hebron.

Eliav Gelman pictured at the Western Wall with one of his children

The IDF spokesman said Gelman was shot by an IDF force that had opened fire on a terrorist. An investigation showed Gelman was at a hitchhiking post when a Palestinian man armed with a knife ran at him shouting "Allahu Akhbar" an Arabic battle cry. 

Soldiers shot at the Palestinian man and at first they didn't hit him. At the same time a reservist officer took out a pistol, but didn't manage to fire it before both he and the Palestinian were shot by an IDF force. The officer was mistakenly shot in the chest and the Palestinian was wounded in the leg.

A gun found at the scene of the attempted attack at the Gush Etzion Junction in the West Bank, February 24, 2016.
Fire and Rescue Services, Judea and Samaria

Earlier reports did not mention Gelman was a soldier due to restrictions imposed by the Military Censor. He was taken to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem in critical condition for further treatment, where he later died of his wounds.

The Palestinian man who was shot and wounded was identified as Mamdouh Amro, 26, a mathematics teacher from Hebron.

Gelman's funeral was scheduled for 2130 local time on Wednesday at the Kfar Etzion Cemetery. He was posthumously promoted from the rank of IDF captain to major. 

The Gush Etzion area has been a frequent scene of violence in the past few months. Two weeks ago a man was wounded near the Neve Daniel settlement. Last month Michal Froman, 30, was wounded in a stabbing attack in Tekoa, another settlement in Gush Etzion.