The IDF has found the body of a Palestinian suspected of wounding an Israeli soldier in a shooting attack earlier this month.The man’s body was found on Monday in tangled vegetation in a wadi with an M-16 rifle and a handgun, the IDF said in a statement.
“Following an operational and intelligence effort by all the security forces, and after extensive searches, IDF fighters soon located a body, suspected of being a terrorist, who carried out a shooting attack in Binyamin,” the statement read.The Palestinian is suspected of a shooting attack earlier this month near the Parsa Junction outside the Dolev settlement, northwest of Ramallah. Troops returned fire and launched a manhunt to find him.The soldier’s head was grazed by a bullet, and he sustained a light wound. He was evacuated to Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, fully conscious.He was the third soldier wounded in 15 hours during a spike in violence in the West Bank following the release of US President Donald Trump’s “Deal of the Century” Middle East peace plan.Shortly before the shooting attack, a Border Police officer was lightly wounded in an attack on the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem. According to police, the man from northern Israel opened fire with a 9-mm. pistol toward officers from outside the Temple Mount area. The terrorist was shot dead by border policemen. The 38-year-old officer was evacuated to Shaare Zedek Medical Center with bullet wounds to his hand.Early that morning, a group of Golani soldiers were at the First Station – a popular entertainment spot on David Remez Street – during a heritage tour ahead of their swearing-in ceremony at the Western Wall when they were struck by fast-moving car.A lone soldier was critically wounded in the attack and underwent surgery. He was released from intensive care to his home last week.Four Palestinians were killed in the violence, including two teenagers and one Palestinian Authority police officer.There have been daily clashes between soldiers and Palestinians in the West Bank since the release of Trump’s peace plan last month. The IDF has been on heightened alert in the West Bank since its release and deployed additional troops to the area.
IDF troops searching for terrorist who committed the shooting attack near Dolev (Credit: IDF Spokesperson's Unit)