Soldier lightly injured in West Bank shooting attack

Second suspected sniper attack in the area on Sunday.

January 3, 2016 18:19
IDF soldier stands guard next to Beit Hamachpela

IDF soldier stands guard next to Beit Hamachpela in Hebron.. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)

A soldier sustained light wounds from gunfire during a West Bank shooting attack at Hakvasim Junction, in the South Hebron Hills on Sunday.

The army said a Palestinian gunman opened fire on soldiers that were checking vehicles at the junction. The wounded soldier was evacuated to hospital. The army began sweeps of the area following the attack.

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The area has seen an increase in attacks recently.

At the end of December, a 25-year-old Hebron man attempted to stab a soldier with a screwdriver at a checkpoint at Hakvasim junction. Nearby soldiers fatally shot the attacker before he was able to reach them, the army said.

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