Six Wounded in Three Terror Attacks

YERUSHALAYIM (Hamodia Staff) -
Israeli security and rescue forces at the scene of a stabbing at the entrance to Beitar Illit, on Sunday. (Eli Segal/Flash90)
Israeli security and rescue forces at the scene of a stabbing at the entrance to Beitar Illit, on Sunday. (Eli Segal/Flash90)
Israeli soldiers standing guard outside a Palestinian house during a search near Tel Rumeida in Chevron, on Shabbos. Three assaults took place Friday in the city. (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)
Israeli soldiers standing guard outside a Palestinian house during a search near Tel Rumeida in Chevron, on Shabbos. Three assaults took place Friday in the city. (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)

Six Israelis were wounded when a terrorist rammed his car into them at the Tapuach Junction in the Shomron on Sunday morning.

Border police at the scene shot and killed the Palestinian driver.
Two men, 22, were moderately to seriously injured in the attack. A third man, 23, was moderately wounded and a woman was lightly wounded, according to a Magen David Adom report.

They were transported to Rabin Medical Center’s Beilinson Campus in Petach Tikva. The victims are from Petach Tikva, Nof Ayalon, Talmon and Yitzhar.

A young Israeli woman was also lightly injured by shards of glass.

MDA paramedics Gil Bismuth and Avigail Mamliya said that when they arrived at the scene they found “the victims lying on the ground and fully conscious, but suffering from wounds to their extremities. The attacker’s car, with the [dead] terrorist inside, was still nearby.”

Later in the morning, at approximately 11 a.m., a Palestinian woman stabbed and lightly wounded a civilian security guard at the entrance to Betar Illit, not far from Yerushalayim.

A surveillance video circulated by the Beitar Illit municipality showed a woman in Muslim dress speaking to a man wearing private security insignia. She reaches into her bag, pulls out a large knife and lunges at him, at which point he rears back, and both disappear from the frame.

The third attack of the day occurred at about 1:30 p.m, when a 48-year-old resident of Emmanuel was stabbed and seriously wounded by two assailants near Alfei Menashe in the Shomron, Arutz Sheva reported.

The man was stabbed in his car, according to initial reports, as he was driving past the Eliyahu interchange, along Route 55, just outside the Arab village of Nabi Elias.

Despite stomach wounds, he drove himself to an IDF checkpoint, where he was spotted weaving through highway lanes. When he reached the soldiers, he told them: “I was stabbed, I was stabbed” before fainting.

He was taken to Meir Hospital in Kfar Saba in serious condition and at last report was being readied for surgery.

Security forces were conducting a manhunt for the perpetrator.

Sunday’s incidents followed a series of attacks over Friday and Shabbos, concentrated particularly in the Chevron area, where tens of thousands of Jews had come to participate in the annual “Shabbos Chevron” on Shabbos Parashas Chayei Sarah.

In an effort to disrupt the event, Palestinians massed at the approach to the city, throwing rocks at passing motorists. In two separate shooting incidents, one IDF soldier was seriously wounded, and one civilian moderately and one lightly injured.

Five other civilians and soldiers were injured as they were attacked with rocks and knives on their way to tefillos at Me’aras HaMachpelah.

The family of the soldier who was shot and seriously wounded asked the public to daven for the refuah sheleimah of Yigal ben Chofit.

In response, the IDF imposed a closure on part of the city, setting roadblocks and checkpoints.

Army units caught up with the sniper, a 16-year-old Palestinian with no previous criminal record who was acting on his own. The rifle he used was also recovered. He confessed to the crime and was turned over to Shin Beit for questioning.

In the other shooting incident, two Jewish youths, 16 and 18, were wounded, one moderately, one lightly, when a terrorist shot into the group they were walking with on the way to Me’aras Hamachpelah.