Attempted stabbing attack in Gush Etzion; Muslim terrorist eliminated
A Muslim terrorist attempted to stab an IDF female soldier Thursday afternoon near Tekoa in the Gush Etzion area, before being shot and eliminated by security forces at the scene. No other injuries were caused.
The attempted terror attack is the fourth attempted stabbing to have taken place in Judea and Samaria within a week and a half, putting an end to a comparative period of quiet.
Security forces urged residents of the Jewish community of Tekoa nearby to avoid the area in the next hour as they sealed it off to any traffic.
The Muslim terrorist was later identified as 20-year-old Mohammad Hussein al-Tanuh from Tuqu’.
Some 200 Muslims terrorists gathered at the scene of the attempted stabbing and began throwing stones at IDF forces. The troops responded with gas.
Israel has been on high alert for potential terror attacks in light of ongoing riots and protests against the decision to install metal detectors at the entrance to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem in response to a deadly terror attack last week.
Preparing for more eruptions of violence, the IDF said Thursday five battalions have been put on-call in Judea and Samaria and Jerusalem in case tensions heightened on the Temple Mount.