Hebron: IDF foils stabbing attempt

Palestinian armed with knife dies en route to hospital after soldiers open fire; no troops hurt.

February 12, 2010 17:18
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Hebron: IDF foils stabbing attempt

IDF Hebron great 248.88. (photo credit: AP [file])

A Palestinian man who tried to stab an IDF soldier on Friday afternoon died on the way to an Israeli hospital, the army said in a statement. Soldiers opened fire on the man after he weilded a knife and lunged at a soldier who was on patrol near a mosque in Hebron.

No soldiers were wounded in the incident, which took place as soldiers were scouring the area for Palestinian who hurled rocks at Jewish houses in the West Bank city.

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The 41-year-old Palestinian man's family in Hebron confirmed that he had died, but denied that he attempted to attack a soldier.

The incident came two days after a Palestinian Authority police officer stabbed an IDF soldier to death while he was sitting in a jeep stopped at a traffic light at the Tapuah junction, also in the West Bank.

Earlier in the day, on Friday morning, IDF soldiers from the Golani Brigade opened fire on four armed Palestinians who were apparently trying to plant an explosives device along the Gaza border fence.

The army confirmed that the terrorists were hit by the mortar and rifle fire, though no IDF soldiers were hurt in the incident.

Also in the Hebron area, IDF soldiers arrested a Palestinian terror suspect in an operation overnight Thursday. The detainee was transferred for interrogation.

AP contributed to this report.

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