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October 7, 2015
A suspected terrorist stabbed an IDF soldier before snatching his gun on Wednesday in the southern city of Kiryat Gat, initial reports say.
A police spokesman said that, upon initial investigation, the suspect approached an armed IDF soldier after stepping off of a bus and attempted to snatch his weapon.
The soldier resisted his assailant and as a result of the struggle sustained a light stabbing wound to his head.
The suspect continued with the snatched weapon to an adjacent residential building, where he took refuge until being confronted and shot down by police forces minutes later.
Police sappers were on the scene for fear that the suspect had been in possession of an explosive device.
A teenage Palestinian woman stabbed an Israeli man near the Lions' Gate of the Old City of Jerusalem on Wednesday morning and was then shot at the scene.
She was shot by her victim, who was stabbed in the back, police said.
The man was initially treated near the scene of the attack, the Magen David Adom emergency medical service said in a statement.
The stabber, 18, was in critical condition, while the Israeli man was moderately wounded.
"Upon arriving, I saw two patients," MDA paramedic Aharon Adler told The Times of Israel. "One of them, an approximately 30-year-old male with stab wounds to his upper body, fully conscious; alongside him, a young woman with gunshot wounds. According to him, she came up and stabbed him twice from behind. And then she was shot.
"Her condition was worse than his," he added.
The two were rushed to the nearby Western Wall plaza for treatment before an ambulance took them to the hospital, Adler said.
Both the stabber and her victim were evacuated to the Hadassah Hospital in the capital's Ein Kerem neighborhood.
The attack took place near where a Palestinian man stabbed two Israeli men to death Saturday night. The wife of one of those murdered and her toddler child were also wounded in that attack, while the stabber was shot dead by security forces.
The stabbing incidents came amid escalating violence and clashes between Israeli security forces and Palestinians in Jerusalem and the West Bank, where terror attacks killed four Israelis in total in the past week.
Four Palestinians were killed in clashes with Israeli security forces, including two terrorists who stabbed Israelis in Jerusalem.
Palestinians have reacted violently over allegations that Israel has been seeking to curtail Muslim rights at Jerusalem's Temple Mount, which houses the al-Aqsa Mosque, and to alter longstanding rules that ban Jews from praying there. The Israeli government has repeatedly denied the allegations, asserting that it is not planning to change the status quo at the flashpoint compound holy to both Jews and Muslims.
An Israeli woman was injured on Wednesday morning when Palestinians threw rocks at vehicles in the West Bank and allegedly tried to pull her out of her car.
Seven Israeli vehicles were damaged by rock-throwing Palestinians near Beit Sahour, on the road from Jerusalem to the West Bank settlement of Tekoa.
Witnesses said that a mob opened the door of the woman's car when it came to stop and tried to pull her out. She was kicked multiple times, and was lightly wounded. The car's front windshield was smashed.
The woman, 38, was treated by Magen David Adom paramedics near the scene of the attack and then evacuated to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem for further medical attention, MDA said.
Josh Hasten, a resident of the nearby settlement of Elazar, was among those attacked by rock throwers on the Tekoa-Jerusalem road Wednesday morning.
"As I slowed down, I saw a mob of 40 to 50 masked Palestinians on the side of the road. They were holding rocks and cinder blocks," Hasten told The Times of Israel. "As they approached my car, I took out my gun and fired one round in the air. The shot obviously scared them and they ran up the hill away from the road."
He added, "I have no doubt that I would be dead now if I hadn't used my gun. They were going to kill me."
The Tekoa-Jerusalem road has seen a spate of attacks against Israeli vehicles in recent weeks, amid escalating violence in the West Bank and Jerusalem, where Palestinian attacks have killed four Israelis in the past week.
Four Palestinians were killed in clashes with Israeli security forces, including two men who had stabbed Israelis in Jerusalem.
In East Jerusalem overnight Tuesday, police uncovered 15 Molotov cocktails ready for use on the roof of a house in the Arab neighborhood of A-Tur.
The discovery came the day after police found firebombs on the roof of a mosque in the same area.
Police arrested seven East Jerusalem Palestinians overnight on suspicion of involvement in rioting and attacks against Israelis.
Police were also looking into reports that Molotov cocktails were thrown at a car on Route 6, Israel's major north-south artery overnight Tuesday.
The firebombs were reportedly thrown near the Arab town of Tira, apparently hitting the road without causing injury or damage.
Roee Zamir, an Israeli man, posted on his Facebook page that while he was riding in a car on Route 6, two Molotov cocktails were thrown at the vehicle.
Zamir said he reported the incident to police, who took half an hour to respond and then searched on the wrong side of the highway for traces of the incendiary devices.