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Palestinian Authority/Gaza, October 16, 2015

Palestinian Disguised As Journalist Stabs Israeli Soldier Near Hebron

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An Israeli soldier was stabbed and moderately wounded early afternoon on Friday in a suspected terror attack during clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinians just outside of Hebron. The terrorist was shot and killed on the scene.

The attacker was dressed up as a photographer with a press camera and was wearing a clearly marked 'PRESS' vest.

The assailant arrived at the intersection between the Palestinian village Tarqumiyah and the Israeli settlement Adora, which leads to Hebron from Guvrin, and stabbed the soldier. He was shot dead by other IDF soldiers on scene.

Magen David Adom paramedics brought the victim, who was stabbed in his upper body, to Sha'are Tzedek Medical Center in Jerusalem for treatment.

The IDF is preparing for protests and clashes after Friday prayers in the West Bank and Gaza border. Forces are on high alert near the Gaza border, as there are concerns Palestinians might try to breach the fence. Earlier, shots were fired from Gaza at IDF soldiers. No injuries were reported, but an army vehicle was slightly damaged.

On Thursday, Hamas called for protests to be held around the West Bank and Gaza in a "day of rage" following Friday prayers. Hamas has refrained from direct involvement in terms of organization demonstrations in the West Bank. It is yet unknown how the Palestinian security forces plan to deal with the Hamas protests.

Gaza Palestinians broke through the security fence several times this week, and Israeli soldiers fired live bullets and tear gas to push them back. On Friday morning, the Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza reported that a 37-year-old man who was wounded by a live bullet in such a clash with Israeli troops this week near Beit Hanoun has succumbed to his wounds.

Riots are also expected Friday in Jenin, surrounding the funeral of Fadi Adrabi, a Palestinian imprisoned in Israel who died this week at Soroka Hospital. Palestinian Prisoners Affairs Minister Issa Qaraqe said Adrabi suffered from medical problems, and accused Israel of neglecting his condition.

Jerusalem Police decided Thursday that only Muslim men over 40 will be allowed into the Temple Mount for Friday prayers, though women's entry wasn't limited. On Friday morning, a Border Police unit found a pipe bomb near a roadblock between the neighborhood of Issawiya in East Jerusalem and the settlement of Ma'aleh Adumim. The bomb was found by a sniffer dog, and was then destroyed by a police sapper.

In Nablus, Palestinian youth torched Joseph's Tomb with Molotov cocktails and other flammable materials. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas denounced their actions as "irresponsible," and members of the Israeli Knesset cried out against the attacks as well.

Since the beginning of this week three Israeli were killed and 39 were wounded in 16 terror attacks. Ten of this week's attacks were in Jerusalem – in the most serious attack, two Palestinians from the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabel Mukkaber stormed a bus in Armon Hanatziv neighborhood armed with a gun and a knife, killing one and wounding 20 others. Shortly after, a Palestinian slammed his car into a bus station in Malkhei Yisrael Street in Jerusalem, killing one Israeli and wounding three others.

The terror wave started about two weeks ago, when Palestinians shot dead Naama and Eitam Henkin who were driving with their four children near the settlement of Elon Moreh in the West Bank. So far, seven Israelis were killed in terror attacks, and 13 terrorists were shot dead. Seven Palestinians, including five teens, were killed by Israeli troops' fire in clashes in the West Bank and in East Jerusalem. Twelve more were killed in the Gaza Strip by Israeli troops' fire and air force strikes.