IDF thwarts terrorist infiltration in Samaria

The Samaria community of Yitzhar. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to Israeli troops deployed near the Samaria community of Yitzhar thwarted a terrorist attack early Wednesday morning, apprehending a 15-year-old Palestinian girl trying to infiltrate into the community. The girl was found to be in possession of two knives, and it is believed she was planning to carry out a stabbing attack.

The incident took place around 5 a.m., when IDF lookouts monitoring the area spotted suspicious movements about 300 yards north of Yitzhar. An IDF patrol scrambled to the area, and carried out a suspect arrest procedure, shooting at the suspect and mildly wounding one of her hands. She received initial treatment for her wounds on site, and was then taken to a nearby hospital.

Yossi Dagan, head of the Samaria Regional Council, said the incident was “a disconcerting turn of events. We haven’t seen infiltration attempts in a long time.”

On Tuesday, in the last of four terrorist attacks in one day, security forces shot dead two Palestinian terrorists after they stabbed an IDF soldier. The two attackers approached a pair of IDF paratroopers positioned at Beit Hashalom in Hebron at around 9:30 p.m., stabbing one of them. The second soldier shot and killed both terrorists, saving the other soldier and himself from more serious injuries or even death.

According to Palestinian reports, the attackers were Mansour and Khayad al-Jabari. Following the attack, clashes broke out in Hebron between dozens of Palestinians and Israeli security forces. In response, the Palestinians announced a general strike in Hebron on Wednesday as well as a “Day of Rage” dedicated to the two attackers who were killed.

Earlier Tuesday, two men, including one soldier, were lightly injured in a ramming attack in Gush Etzion, when a terrorist drove his car onto the sidewalk and hit them. The attacker got out of the car wielding a knife, and a nearby soldier from the Kfir Brigade shot and killed him. Shortly afterward, an Israeli Border Police officer was lightly wounded from a Molotov cocktail thrown during clashes at Rachel’s Tomb.

Following another attack on Tuesday in which 55-year-old Jewish man Avraham Hasano was killed by a passing truck after being pelted by rocks in the same area, the Palestinian man driving the truck turned himself in to Palestinian security forces, saying it was an accident, after having fled the scene that morning. His truck was left in Dahariya in the South Hebron Hills.

Hasano is survived by his wife, Ruti, their seven children and nine grandchildren.

Posted on October 21, 2015 .