|Elias Junction near Kiryat Arba - yesterday's stabbing attack [Image Source]|
A Palestinian man tried to carry out a stabbing attack on Wednesday at a bus stop at the entrance to the Kiryat Arba settlement before being shot and wounded, the IDF said. The military said the man ran toward a bus stop at the Elias Junction brandishing a knife. He was spotted by troops who opened fire, injuring him. No Israeli civilians or soldiers were injured, the army said, adding that he was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. Hebrew media reports said he was in a serious condition. Kiryat Arba is adjacent to the divided West Bank city of Hebron.The would-be knifer is "seriously wounded" as a result of being shot, says Israel National News.
It's a tough neighbourhood. Almost exactly a year ago, at the same Elias Junction location, a pair of Palestinian Arabs armed with knives rammed a truck into a cluster of civilians at the bus stop, causing injuries and shock. The male attacker was shot dead. Palestinian Arab media named him as Firas al-Birawi Khadour. His female accomplice, named by the same sources as Raghad Khadour from the nearby village of Bani Na’im, also suffered shooting injuries and recovered ["2 Palestinians ram truck into West Bank bus stop, one of them killed", Times of Israel a year ago]. Last year's two assailants were reported by Arabic-language media to be related to a woman "who rammed her car into the same Kiryat Arba bus stop in June ". Here's what we wrote at the time: "16-Sep-16: Vehicle ramming attack on Israelis near Kiryat Arba"
For some more recent context, see "12-Sep-17: Knives and boys".
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