Palestinian Man Stabs Soldier, Snatches His Weapon in Southern Israel

Assailant shot dead by police after pursuit; earlier, a Palestinian woman was shot after stabbing a Jewish man in Jerusalem.

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A policeman holds the rifle which was snatched from the soldier stabbed in Kiryat Gat, October 7, 2015.
A policeman holds the rifle which was snatched from the soldier stabbed in Kiryat Gat, October 7, 2015.Credit: Ilan Assayag
Nir Hasson
Nir Hasson

A Palestinian man stabbed an IDF soldier and snatched his weapon in the southern Israeli city of Kiryat Gat on Wednesday, before being shot dead by police forces. 

The soldier was lightly wounded. According to reports, the assailant fled into a building before being shot and killed. Palestinian sources named the assailant as Amjad Algandi, 24, from Yatta, south of Hebron.

The incident took place hours after aJewish man was stabbed by a Palestinian woman in Jerusalem's Old City, sustaining light wounds. The man then drew his weapon and fired at the assailant. She was rushed to hospital in serious condition. The man, in his 30s, was treated on the scene with knife wounds to his back before being rushed to hospital.

The incident in Jerusalem, the third stabbing attack to take place in the capital in a week, was reported around 10:45 A.M. on Hagai Street, close to where two ultra-Orthodox men were stabbed to death by a Palestinian on Saturday. 

Earlier still, a woman was wounded when Palestinians threw stones toward her car on a road near Jerusalem.

According to the 38-year-old woman, who sustained light wounds to her head and arm, the assailants tried to force her out of the car, but she managed to flee. The stones broke the car's windshield.

The assailants damaged seven other cars in the same place, on the road between the Tekoa and Har Homa settlements.

Terror attacks in Jerusalem in the past weekCredit: Haaretz

Firebomb stock found

Overnight Tuesday, Border Police officers found 15 firebombs on the roof of a home in the A-Tur neighborhood of Jerusalem. The bottles were found on a roof.

The commander for the Kedma Border Patrol battalion in Jerusalem, Chief Superintendent Aviad Katafi, said that "this is an important find of firebombs that can endanger our forces We will continue to act with vigilance, both operationally and in terms of intelligence, in order to restore calm and uphold civilians' safety."

Meanwhile, assailants hurled two firebombs at vehicles traveling on Route 6, near Tira. No damage or casualties were reported. 

On Tuesday, six Israeli police officers were lightly wounded in central Jaffa Tuesday night when dozens of Israeli Arabs held a protest amid the recent Jerusalem and West Bank tensions. 

Israeli stabbing victim being taken away from the scene of the attack in Jerusalem's Old City, October 7, 2015. Credit: Olivier Fitoussi

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