IDF soldier stabbed near Kiryat Arba, assailant killed

The terrorist approached an IDF military post and stabbed one of the soldiers that was standing guard.

 Israeli troops walk near a scene of stabbing incident near Hebron, in the West Bank, September 2, 2022. (photo credit: MUSSA ISSA QAWASMA/REUTERS)
Israeli troops walk near a scene of stabbing incident near Hebron, in the West Bank, September 2, 2022.
(photo credit: MUSSA ISSA QAWASMA/REUTERS)

An IDF soldier was moderately injured in a stabbing attack near Kiryat Arba on Friday afternoon, according to the IDF Spokesperson Unit.

The terrorist approached a military post where a number of soldiers were standing guard and stabbed one of them before being shot dead by a different soldier.

“I didn’t hesitate, and I killed the terrorist,” said Corporal M. “As a medic, I gave life-saving medical attention to my team sergeant.”

According to Palestinian media, the terrorist was 19-year-old Fadi Muhammed Ratas from the Dehaishe refugee camp near Bethlehem.

United Hatzalah volunteer Ben Zion Cousin, who was the first respondent on the scene, reported that the injured soldier had been stabbed and injured in his upper body.

 ZAKA medics are seen on Route 60, October 19, 2021. (credit: ZAKA) ZAKA medics are seen on Route 60, October 19, 2021. (credit: ZAKA)

“Together with medical personnel from the IDF, I treated the injured soldier,” he said. “I bandaged him and stabilized him at the scene before he was transported to the hospital. The assailant was neutralized by security forces at the scene.”

"The assailant was neutralized by security forces at the scene."

Ben Zion Cousin

The soldier was taken to Hadassah-University Medical Center in Ein Kerem for further medical treatment and his family was notified.

Highway 60 was closed to traffic following the incident.

Lapid wishes the soldier a speedy recovery

“I wish a speedy recovery to the IDF soldier who was injured in the attack near Kiryat Arba,” said Prime Minister Yair Lapid. “I support the soldiers who acted fast to stop the terrorist. We will continue to fight anyone who tries to harm our citizens and our soldiers.”

“I’m wishing a full recovery to the IDF soldier who was injured in the Kiryat Arba attack and want to praise the conduct of his friends who stopped the terrorist and prevented a worse attack,” said Defense Minister Benny Gantz. “IDF soldiers continue to be stationed at all times in the West Bank and around Israel in order to protect Israeli citizens from any threat – and we are all grateful.”