An IDF soldier thwarted a stabbing attack at the entrance to the Kiryat Arba settlement in the West Bank, just outside of the city of Hebron, an army spokesperson said.
The soldier saw a “terrorist attempt to stab a civilian and an IDF officer,” the spokesperson explained.
That soldier “shot and neutralized the terrorist,” the spokesperson added.
According to the volunteer medical organization, Rescuers Without Borders, the Palestinian man was from the nearby Palestinian village of Bani Na’im. He was transported in a medical jeep to the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem.
No soldiers or civilians were wounded in the incident. A photograph was circulated on social media which showed the Palestinian man lying on the road after the incident.
Soldiers are often a targeted by Palestinians on the road leading into Kiryat Araba and inside of Hebron. Last month soldiers killed a Palestinian man, Mohammed Arif al-Atrash, 42, who tried to execute a stabbing attack near the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron.
Last week, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman announced plans to expand the Avraham Avinu housing complex in Hebron, by way of strengthening the Jewish presence in the largely Palestinian city.
Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>