An Israeli soldier was lightly injured in the chest in a failed stabbing attack in the ancient city of Hebron on Monday morning.

The Arab man attacked an Israeli soldier stationed on the road to the Tomb of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs inside the Jewish community, injuring him in the chest. The soldier managed to wrestle the man off of him and shoot him, killing the terrorist.

Security and medical personnel arrived at the scene, where the stabber was declared dead.

“A terrorist tried to stab a soldier near the Tomb of the Patriarchs and lightly wounded him,” the army said in a statement. “The soldier and additional forces at the scene responded with live fire.”

Images from the scene showed the stabber lying in the road, his body covered by a black sheet.

“The alacrity of the soldier and God’s protection of Israel saved us from a tragedy. Instead, the jihadist got what he wanted, which is money for his family and an ‘honorable death,’ ” Yishai Fleisher, international spokesman for the Jewish community of Hebron, told JNS. “The P.A. is directly responsible for incitement in Hebron and for the most hateful teachings against Israel and Jews, which lead to these kinds of attacks.”