Terrorist injured in failed stabbing attack on soldier (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Itamar Fleishman Latest Update: 05.20.12, 22:24)
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Palestinian terrorist attempts to stab IDF soldier in Gush Etzion.
Soldier not wounded, but terrorist seriously wounded in struggle that
An 18-year-old Palestinian terrorist attempted to stab an IDF soldier
who was standing at the Gush Etzion Junction on Route 60 on Sunday.
The soldier, Lieutenant Colonel Matan Solomon, was not wounded, but
the terrorist was seriously wounded in the struggle that followed.
The terrorist, a Hebron resident, hid among Israeli bicycle riders
who were at the junction, walked up to the soldier and tried to stab
him. After a struggle which ended with the Palestinian in serious
condition, the terrorist received initial medical care at the scene
and was then evacuated to the Hadassah Medical Center for additional
Solomon told Ynet that while waiting at the junction, he noticed that
the Palestinian was standing at a place where pedestrians are not
allowed to enter. "The suspect was wearing a black hooded shirt, his
hands were in his pockets and he looked very pale," Solomon said.
"He then took his identity card out from his pocket, but left his
hand in his other pocket. I immediately realized he was hiding a
knife," Solomon said, adding that he quickly understood he was a
"I jumped on him within seconds. It was instinctive. All I tried to
do was take the knife from his hand," Solomon added. "After a short
struggle, I managed to grab the knife from him and lay him on the
Just after the struggle, Solomon noticed a pool of blood surrounding
the terrorist. "It was an eleven inch pocket knife that was already
open in his pocket," said the Lieutenant Colonel.
Solomon estimated that the suspect was injured in his stomach during
the struggle. "The terrorist received initial medical care at the
scene and was then evacuated for additional care," he said.
The soldiers serving in the area did not receive early warning of
possible attempts by terrorists to carry out attacks in the junction.
Lieutenant Colonel Solomon estimated that the terrorist came to the
area in order to stab soldiers and not citizens.
The last stabbing attack occurred in April when a 30-year-old taxi
driver sustained serious injuries after he was stabbed by a
A few days before that two Arabs, aged 18 and 20, were arrested in
connection with the stabbing of a haredi man near the Tomb of Shimon
HaTzadik. The man was injured in the attack.
At the beginning of April a 65 year old haredi man was attacked by an
Arab with an axe near the Old City´s Damascus Gate in Jerusalem. The
Arab fled the scene but was captured a few hours later; the man
received medical care at the Hadassah Medical Center. (Copyright
2012 © Yedioth Internet 05/20/12)
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