IDF soldiers at the scene of a stabbing attack in Gush Etzion, December 1, 2013..
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Two Israelis were wounded in two separate incidents in the Gush Etzion region of the West Bank on Friday morning, where a terrorist set out on a spree of violence that involved both a ramming and stabbing attack.
A Palestinian terrorist ran over a 70-year-old man near the settlement of Efrat. From there he proceeded to drive to the Gush Etzion junction, where he ran over a 35-year-old man. He then got out of the vehicle and attempted to stab an IDF soldier with a knife. The soldier shot the perpetrator in self-defense, wounding and neutralizing him at the scene.
The second victim of the ramming attack was moderately injured and was taken to the Shaarei Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem. The first victim, who suffered only light injuries, was taken to the Hadassah University Medical Center in the capital.
Police has affirmed that the terrorist, a 17-year-old Palestinian hailing from the village of Halhul in the southern West Bank, is in critical condition. Security forces are currently interrogating his family.
Security forces have surrounded the village of Halhul to prevent exits and entrances temporarily as well as to avoid a possible altercation in the wake of this morning's violence.