Israeli Soldier Wounded in West Bank Stabbing; Palestinian Assailant Shot Dead

Soldier wounded near settlement of Yitzhar while pursuing Palestinian stone-thrower.

Scene of the incident outside Yitzhar, August 24, 2016.
Samaria Regional Council

An Israeli soldier was lightly wounded in a stabbing on Wednesday near the West Bank settlement of Yitzhar. The suspected stabber was shot dead at the scene.

According to initial reports, passengers in a passing vehicle were throwing stones at IDF soldiers. When the soldiers began to chase the stone-throwers, one of the Palestinians attacked the soldier. 

The assailant was shot dead at the scene and the soldier was taken to Beilinson Hospital, Rabin Medical Center in Petah Tikva. He was released soon after.

The suspected assailant was identified as Sami Abu Ourab, a 26-year-old from Qabatiyah. His relatives rejected the army claims that he attacked a soldier. According to them, he was planning to open a restaurant in three days in Rafidia, and also had marriage plans.