Two Soldiers Injured During Stabbing Near Shechem, Terrorists Shot Dead

Israeli soldiers stand guard near the scene where two Palestinians, who the Israeli military said stabbed and wounded an Israeli soldier, were shot dead by Israeli forces, in the village of Hewara, near the West Bank city of Nablus December 27, 2015. REUTERS/Abed Omar Qusini
IDF soldiers stand guard near the scene where two Palestinians stabbed and wounded an Israeli soldier, and were later shot dead by Israeli forces, in the village of Hawara, near Shechem, Sunday. (Reuters/Abed Omar Qusini)

Two IDF soldiers in their twenties were injured in a stabbing attack Sunday afternoon at the Hawara checkpoint, south of Shechem.

Two Arab terrorists were shot dead during the attack; one soldier was lighted injured and the other is in moderate condition.

“Forces on site responded to the imminent danger and fired towards the attackers, resulting in their death. An initial inquiry suggests an additional soldier was injured as a result of the fire directed towards the attackers,” the IDF said in a statement.

Initial reports were that two Arab terrorists approached a gas station near the checkpoint and stabbed an IDF soldier. Security forces shot and eliminated the terrorists at the scene, and during that, lightly wounded another soldier.

The injured troops received treatment on site from Magen David Adom paramedics. They were then evacuated to the Beilinson Hospital in Petach Tikvah.

The attack in Hawara was the fifth stabbing or attempted stabbing of the day on Sunday.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health said that the two Palestinian terrorists were relatives, one aged 17 and the other, 23.

The attack came shortly after Israeli police officers arrested a Palestinian man in the Old City of Yerushalayim who was in possession of a knife. The man aroused the suspicion of police while walking through the Muristan area in the Christian Quarter. When he was asked to show identification, he drew the blade, a police spokesperson said. No injuries were reported. The man’s identity wasn’t released, but police said he was a Palestinian from the Ramallah area who had entered Israel illegally. The suspect was taken in for questioning.