Two Israeli Soldiers Wounded in Stabbing at West Bank Settlement

Soldiers suffer light to moderate injuries; Palestinian assailants flee the scene.

An IDF outpost on Har Brakha.
Daniel Bar-On

Two Israeli soldiers were stabbed on Wednesday in an attack at a settlement in the northern West Bank. 

The two soldiers were stabbed while at a guard post at the Har Bracha settlement, located in the northern West Bank, near Nablus, the IDF Spokesperson's Unit said.

The Palestinian assailants have fled the scene. Military forces were sweeping the area in attempt to locate them.

One of the two has been taken in light-to-moderate condition by Magen David Adom ambulance service for further treatment at the Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva. The other solider was being treated at the scene by IDF medical staff, emergency services said.

A preliminary investigation into the incident showed that, at first, forces alerted to the scene feared that the soldiers' weapons had been stolen during the attack, but they were later found at the guard post. Apparently, the soldiers weren't carrying their guns when they were attacked.

One of the soldiers reported that three Palestinians had arrived at their guard post, stabbed the soldiers, and troops were searching for the terrorists. Two soldiers at the post were stabbed. The IDF can be expected to investigate how the forces handled the situation.

Early on Wednesday, an Israeli resident of the West Bank settlement of Eli was lightly wounded in a stabbing attack. Two Palestinian suspects were shot and killed by Israeli soldiers after initially fleeing the scene.