Scene of attempted stabbing attack at Gush Etzion Junction.
(photo credit: MICHAEL HAREL)
A Palestinian terrorist attempted to stab a man at Gush Etzion junction on Tuesday morning. Security forces at the scene shot and killed the terrorist. A 40-year-old bystander was lightly injured by shrapnel at the scene.
Paramedics administered initial care at the scene and evacuated the man to Hadassah University Medical Center in Jerusalem's Ein Kerem.
Gush Etzion junction has been the site of multiple stabbing and shooting attacks in the last few weeks.
Last week, a Palestinian terrorist stabbed and killed Hadar Buchris
, 21, as she stood at a bus stop at the Gush Etzion junction in the West Bank.
Buchris was studying at the Zohar seminary in the Bat Ayin settlement near Gush Etzion. She had just returned to Israel a few weeks ago from a half-a-year trip to India. She was buried at the Har Hamenuhot cemetery in Jerusalem.
An additional three people were murdered
and seven were injured in an attack at the Gush Etzion Junction on November 19.
Ezra Schwartz, an 18-year old American on a gap year in an Israeli yeshiva and Palestinian Shadi Arafeh, 24, of Hebron, were pronounced dead at the scene.
Yaakov Don, 49, a teacher and father of four who lived in the nearby Alon Shvut settlement was evacuated to Hadassah- University Medical Center in Jerusalem’s Ein Karem in serious condition and was pronounced dead upon his arrival in the hospital.
The United States harshly condemned the attack.
“We condemn these terrorist attacks against innocent civilians in the strongest possible terms,” Edgar Vasquez, a spokesperson for the State Department, told The Jerusalem Post
. “As we’ve made clear, we remain deeply concerned about the situation,” he said, “and continue to urge all sides to take affirmative steps to restore calm and prevent actions that would further escalate tensions.”
Tovah Lazaroff contributed to this report.
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