Palestinian stabbing attack thwarted against IDF soldiers in West Bank

No soldiers were wounded in the incident.

January 17, 2017 17:53
An IDF soldier.

An IDF soldier.. (photo credit: IDF SPOKESPERSON'S UNIT)

A knife-wielding Palestinian assailant was shot and killed following an attempted stabbing attack on IDF soldiers in the West Bank, according to the IDF Tuesday.

No soldiers were wounded in the incident.

According to initial investigations, the Palestinian attacker began by throwing stones at military personnel. He then took out a knife and began charging at IDF soldiers. The soldiers responded by firing at the suspected assailant, wounding him in the upper chest and ankle.

A military doctor later pronounced the attacker dead at the scene. 

The attack came less than two weeks after a Palestinian terrorist used his truck to ram into a group of IDF soldiers in Jerusalem, killing four and wounding 17.

Three female soldiers – 20-year-old Lt. Yael Yekutiel of Givatayim, 22-year-old Lt. Shir Hajaj of Ma’aleh Adumim, and 20-year-old Sec.-Lt. Shira Tzur of Haifa – and one male soldier, 20-year-old Sec.-Lt. Erez Orbach of Alon Shvut, were declared dead at the scene.

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