Scene of terror attack at Hizma checkpoint.
(photo credit: BINYAMIN OPERATION CENTER)
An IDF soldier and an Israeli civilian were wounded in a terrorist shooting attack at the Hizma checkpoint outside the Jerusalem neighborhood of Pisgat Ze'ev on Thursday.
The IDF Spokespersons Unit reported that the gunman exited his car on the approach to the checkpoint, and opened fire on the soldiers.
IDF troops returned fire, striking and killing the terrorist.
The soldier was reported to be in light condition, while the civilian was seriously wounded in the upper body.
Thursday's attack was the latest in a string of terror attacks directed against Israeli security personnel and civilians in the past two months.
On Tuesday, A Palestinian teenager and a woman who attempted to stab Israelis were shot dead by the IDF in separate incidents in the West Bank.
Ma’moun Raed al-Khatib, 16, of the Douha suburb of Bethlehem, was shot and killed by an IDF soldier on guard at the Gush Etzion junction as he tried to stab another IDF officer with a knife.
Palestinian sources said al-Khatib was a 10th grader and had been a close friend of another Palestinian youth who was shot and critically wounded while attempting to stab a soldier last month. Al-Khatib had chosen his wounded friend’s photo as his profile picture on Facebook.
An Israeli civilian who was in the area sustained a light wound from bullet shrapnel, an IDF spokeswoman said. He was treated at Hadassah University Medical Center in Jerusalem’s Ein Kerem.
A few hours later, a Palestinian woman with a knife tried to stab an IDF officer at Einav Junction in the northern West Bank and was shot and killed at the scene. There were no injuries among security personnel.
The Palestinian Authority Health Ministry identified the woman as Maram Ramez Hasouneh, 20, and said she was killed by IDF soldiers near Tulkarem.
Hasouneh, a university student from the Rafidiya suburb of Nablus, had previously served seven months in Israeli prison for security-related offenses. Ma’an, the Palestinian news agency, said she had done time for attempting to stab a soldier at the same checkpoint two years ago.Khaled Abu Toameh contributed to this report.