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Stabbing attack thwarted at Gush Etzion junction

A man got out of a car at the junction some 15 km. south of Jerusalem and attempted to attack an IDF soldier, who shot him before anyone was hurt.

An attempted stabbing attack occurred at the Gush Etzion junction on Monday afternoon, the IDF reported.

A Palestinian man armed with a knife was shot by IDF forces. No Israeli citizens were hurt.

Initial findings indicated that the man exited a car at the junction and attempted to stab an IDF soldier who shot him before the man reached him, the IDF Spokesperson's Unit said.

IDF forces are searching for the vehicle used to transport the attacker.

"When I arrived at the scene the security forces had already neutralized the attacker, and thankfully there were no other people injured in the incident," said United Hatzalah volunteer EMT Yigal Mizrachi, one of the first responders at the scene.

A knife used in an attempted stabbing attack at Gush Etzion junction on January 17, 2022. (credit: IDF SPOKESPERSON'S UNIT)A knife used in an attempted stabbing attack at Gush Etzion junction on January 17, 2022. (credit: IDF SPOKESPERSON'S UNIT)

Earlier on Monday, members of a family from the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of Jerusalem threatened to set themselves on fire to prevent police from forcibly evicting them from their homes. The eviction was delayed.

Evictions from Sheikh Jarrah have triggered Israeli-Palestinian violence in recent years and were one of the factors that led to the violence in May that conflagrated into Operation Guardian of the Walls.

It is unclear if the attack was related to the attempted eviction.



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