Two Palestinians stabbed and moderately wounded a soldier by the bus stop at the Gush Etzion junction in the West Bank on Route 60 on Tuesday evening.
It’s the second such incident on Route 60, where on Monday, near the entrance to the Palestinian village of Beit Einun, a Palestinian stabbed and seriously injured a soldier.
On Tuesday, at the busy junction, where the bus stops are often packed with people, soldiers stopped two Palestinians on foot, who seemed suspicious.
One of the Palestinians stabbed a 19-year-old, who belonged to the Shimshon unit guarding the area. Other soldiers from the unit opened fire and killed the two Palestinians.
Magen David Adom paramedic Jabar said the soldier had facial wounds and was transported to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, which is the closest emergency room to the Gush Etzion Region.
“When we arrived he was conscious and standing,” said Jabar. He added that an IDF medical team treated him at the scene, before he was placed in an ambulance.
Sections of Route 60 were temporarily shut down as a result of the incident.
Gush Etzion Regional Council head Davidi Perl, who arrived at the scene, said that the attack would not deter area residents from continuing with their normal lives.
"We will continue to live here and fight terrorism. We will not give up," Perl said.
On Sunday, in the Gush Etzion region, a Palestinian stabbed and moderately injured
an Israeli civilian near the settlement of Metzad.
The Israeli had gotten out of his vehicle after Palestinians threw rocks at it, and an assailant stabbed him in the chest.