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IDF Thwarts Attempted Terror Attack at Judea Junction

January 18, 2022

by: Yoav Zitun, Elisha Ben Kimon ~ Ynetnews

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Gush Etzion Junction, scene of the thwarted terrorist attack

Tuesday, 18 January 2022 | Israeli troops on Monday thwarted an attempted stabbing attack at a junction in the West Bank [Judea and Samaria], the military said.

The IDF [Israel Defense Forces] Spokesperson’s Unit said the alleged Palestinian assailant was shot dead while attempting to stab one of the soldiers stationed at Gush Etzion Junction.

The initial report from the IDF said: “an assailant arrived in a vehicle at the Gush Etzion Junction armed with a knife. He got out of the vehicle and attempted to stab an IDF soldier. The soldier fired towards the assailant and neutralized him.”

The military said no IDF injuries were reported and the troops were pursuing the vehicle and the driver who took the alleged attacker to the location.

Head of the Gush Etzion Regional Council Shlomo Ne’eman called the attempted attack an effort “to harm Israel and its settlements.” He thanked the IDF soldiers who foiled the attack.

Following many attacks that took place recently, especially involving lone attackers, the army made a significant change in the defense of the intersection that became the focus of friction between Israelis and Palestinians, by building more secure posts and higher vantage points.

The incident follows last week’s ramming attack in northern West bank near the settlement of Halamish, in which an accelerating vehicle struck a 19-year-old soldier and moderately wounded him.

The soldier was taken by helicopter to a hospital, and the suspect was apprehended by troops at the scene and transferred to security forces for further questioning.

Posted on January 18, 2022

Source: (This article was originally published by Ynetnews on January 17, 2022. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our publication today. See original article at this link.)

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