An Israeli was injured Tuesday afternoon in a stabbing attack in Gush Etzion outside the town of Neveh Daniel, near the Elazar community.
According to eyewitnesses, the terrorist attacked a local resident who had gone out for an afternoon jog. The Israeli fought back, and the terrorist fled, but not before wounding his intended victim. Local security guards came rushing to the scene in response to the cries of the Israeli, and they called in the IDF.
The nearby communities were under lockdown as IDF troops searched for the perpetrator.
The Israeli victim, in his early 20’s, was reported in light to moderate condition. He was treated at the scene of the attack and then evacuated to the Shaarei Zedek Medical Center in Yerushalayim for further treatment, reported MDA.
Earlier Tuesday, security forces foiled two terror attacks in Yerushalayim and Gush Etzion within a short time of each other. In each instance, the attacker was a teenage Arab, and in both cases quick thinking by security forces prevented any Israelis from getting hurt.
In one incident near the entrance to the town of Carmei Tzur in Gush Etzion, a resident noticed a teenage Palestinian girl moving stealthily towards the security checkpoint at the entrance. She immediately alerted local security officers, who cornered the individual. She then threw down a knife she had been carrying and began running. Officers tackled her and took the 13-year-old into custody.
A short time later, a border police officer noticed a female Palestinian teen acting in a suspicious manner near the Damascus Gate in the Old City of Yerushalayim. Officers asked to search her belongings, but when she opened her bag she pulled out a knife and tried to stab the officers. The officers were able to overpower the 16-year-old. She was arrested and taken for questioning.
(With reporting by Dov Benovadia)
Updated Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 4:53 pm