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Palestinian Authority/Gaza, March 12, 2019

Hebron stabbing disaster averted thanks to IDF soldiers

Original source

World Israel News

A Palestinian man attempting to carry out a stabbing attack in the Hebron area has been shot and killed by IDF soldiers, said the Israeli military spokesman.

"IDF fighters identified a terrorist armed with a knife running toward them," said the IDF statement.

"The fighters had forced back the terrorist who had been running toward a civilian structure nearby as he held the knife," said the statement. "The fighters fired at the terrorist, thwarted the attack, and he was killed. There were no casualties among our forces."

The attacker had apparently tried to enter Beit Ha'Shalom, a contentious building originally built by Arab businessmen but later purchased by Israeli Jews, located on the outskirts of Hebron near Kiryat Arba.

According to reports, at least one resident of the building spotted the terrorist and called for Israeli security forces. The terrorist reportedly lunged in an attempt to stab the soldiers but was shot and killed before he could carry out the attack.