Terrorist Stabber Eliminated Near Shechem

YERUSHALAYIM -
Israeli soldiers stand around near the scene where a Palestinian, who Israeli military said slashed and wounded an army officer, was shot dead by Israeli troops in the West Bank village of Aseera Ashamaliya near Nablus January 14, 2016. Israeli troops killed two knife-wielding Palestinian assailants in the occupied West Bank on Thursday, the army said, the latest in a months-long spate of street violence that Israel's defence minister described as declining. REUTERS/Abed Omar Qusini
IDF soldiers stand around near the scene where a Palestinian wounded an army officer and was shot dead near Shechem, Thursday. (Reuters/Abed Omar Qusini)

An Arab terrorist attacked soldiers near Shechem on Thursday afternoon. The attack occurred near Mt. Eival, which overlooks Shechem. One Israeli soldier was lightly injured in the attack. The terrorist was shot and later died of his wounds.

The terrorist was identified as a 17-year-old Arab resident of a nearby village. According to army sources, the terrorist threw a firebomb at a group of soldiers who were climbing down the mountain, and then rushed at them, holding a knife. Soldiers fired and killed him.

This was the second attempted attack of the day. Earlier Thursday, an Arab terrorist tried to stab soldiers at the entrance to Beit Anoun, an Arab village near Chevron – in exactly the same place where a similar stabbing attempt took place earlier in the week. Soldiers saw the terrorist approaching them with an exposed knife, and warned him to stop – shooting him in the leg when he continued to advance. The injured terrorist was treated at the scene and taken into custody.