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Israeli forces prevent knife attack at Gilboa crossing

The terrorist ran towards guards who employed "deterrent fire to neutralize the threat."

The knife carried by the terrorist at the Gilboa crossing in northern Samaria. Credit: Israel Defense Ministry.
The knife carried by the terrorist at the Gilboa crossing in northern Samaria. Credit: Israel Defense Ministry.

Israeli forces stopped an attempted stabbing at the Gilboa crossing to northern Samaria on Saturday.

The knife-wielding terrorist from Jenin ran towards security guards manning the checkpoint on the 1949 Armistice Line. The checkpoint is operated by the Defense Ministry’s Crossings Administration.

The guards “responded by employing deterrent fire to neutralize the threat,” the Defense Ministry said. “The terrorist threw down the knife and was apprehended by security guards, without causing any injuries.”

On Friday night, a Palestinian terrorist tried to carry out a ramming against IDF soldiers at Sebastia near (Shechem), in central Samaria.

“The force responded by firing at the two suspects who were traveling in the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle was neutralized and another suspect who was in the vehicle was injured and arrested by the force. There are no casualties to our forces,” the IDF said.

Also on Friday, an IDF reserve officer on duty was lightly wounded by shrapnel when a Palestinian threw a bomb at Israeli forces near the Palestinian-controlled village of Beit Ummar, located near Hebron in Judea.

The soldier was evacuated to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem. A Border Police officer opened fire and hit the terrorist who threw the bomb. The terrorist’s condition was not clear.

Two Border Police officers were also lightly hurt by stones thrown by Palestinians in Beit Ummar, according to a joint statement by the IDF and Border Police.

In a separate incident on Friday, Israeli forces came under attack from “life-threatening rocks” thrown by masked Palestinians in Umm Safa (aka Kafr Ishwa), north of Ramallah. 

A Border Police officer opened fire, hitting at least one of the attackers, according to the joint statement.

The Palestinian Authority Health Ministry said two Palestinians were wounded in the incident, with one later dying in the hospital. Palestinian media reported that Muhammad al-Bayed, 17, from the Jalazoune camp, north of Ramallah, was the fatality.

Overnight Saturday into Sunday, five wanted terrorists were arrested in raids in Judea and Samaria, the IDF said.

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