Four Israelis wounded in three attacks on Friday
Four Israelis were wounded in three separate terror attacks by arab terrorists on Friday, while another attack was averted when the arab terrorist was shot dead.
An Israeli was stabbed near Sha’ar Binyamin, two were shot near Hebron’s Cave of the Patriarchs, another was shot near Hevron, and a 72-year-old widow terrorist was shot dead when she tried to run soldiers over with a car.
In the day’s third attack – fourth counting the one that failed – an Israeli soldier was shot and seriously wounded at Beit Anun junction north of Hevron on Friday evening. Arab sources reported that IDF forces were conducting widespread searches in Beit Anun as well as confiscating security camera footage from stores.
Two Israelis were shot and wounded by gunfire near Hevron’s Cave of the Patriarchs less than two hours earlier. The victims included a 16-year-old who was moderately wounded. IDF troops entered arab neighborhoods surrounding the city in search of the terror cell that committed the shooting.
The two teenagers, aged 16 and 18, were at the Cave of the Patriarchs compound on their way to Shabbat prayers at the tomb. They were there because the weekend was part of the special ten days a year in which the entire site is open to Jewish worshipers and only to them. (The site is normally divided into sections for Muslim and Jewish worshipers, and is also open only to Muslim worshipers on ten other days.) At least 4,000 Jews arrived on Friday, more than four times the number of Jews who live in Hevron.
According to a preliminarily report, the incident involved sniper fire from an arab neighborhood overlooking the holy site.
A 40-year-old Israeli was stabbed and seriously wounded earlier in the day, with the terrorist fleeing and sending police on the chase. Half an hour earlier, an elderly widow terrorist attempted to run soldiers over with a car. Israel said the woman’s husband had been declared a terrorist and killed by IDF fire in the first intifada.
The stabbing attack – the first attack of the day – occurred in Sha’ar Binyamin Industrial Zone near Ramallah.
The terrorist in Sha’ar Binyamin fled the scene and security forces began searching for the individual in the area.
Hours later, an arab uploaded a video to Facebook in which he read out a prepared statement. He proclaimed his full name, Baraa Issa, and ID number and declared responsibility for the attack. The terrorist claimed he was a member of the al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades. A PLO flag served as the backdrop to the terrorist’s statement. Issa claimed he committed the attack in order to protect al-Aqsa Mosque and for the Palestinian people.
Hours later was reported in arab media that the terrorist turned himself in to the PA security forces.
Only half an hour earlier, a woman terrorist was shot and killed by security forces after attempting to run over IDF soldiers while driving in her vehicle in Halhul, a town in the Gush Etzion Region.
The terrorist was 72-year-old Tharwat al-Sha’arawi, a resident of the Hevron area. According to Israel, her husband was a terrorist who died during the first intifada.
A commando knife was found inside the car.
It was later revealed that al-Sha’arawi’s daughter is the wife of a senior member of Hamas in Judea and Samaria. She received a condolence call on Friday evening from Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh.
Hamas published statements praising the two attacks that followed “Tharwat al-Sha’arawi’s execution’ and called them heroic actions, urging Palestinians to commit more.
The terrorist was evacuated for medical treatment at a hospital near Jerusalem, but was proclaimed deceased upon arrival and no injuries were reported among the Israeli troops.