Son of Former Knesset Member Among 2 Israelis Wounded in Stabbing Attack in Hebron
An IDF soldier and an Israeli civilian were wounded in a stabbing attack in Hebron Wednesday, Israeli news outlets reported.
The attack took place just before 1 p.m., during a security check at the entrance to Beit Hadassah, a Jewish neighborhood in Hebron. The terrorist was shot and killed by a civilian security guard on the scene.
Magen David Adom paramedics administered first aid to the soldier, who suffered a number of stab wounds to his head and torso, and the civilian, with light wounds to his leg, before evacuating them to the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem.
Both victims are men approximately 20 years old. The civilian is the son of former member of Knesset Orit Strook from the Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) party, who reached the hospital before her son arrived by ambulance, told reporters, “The time has come for all the holes in the fence in Hebron to be closed. Everyone is familiar with them… Stop toying with our lives.”
According to initial reports, the Palestinian terrorist attacked the soldier who asked to see his identification. And when he began to stab the soldier, Yitzhak Strook pounced on him to try to get him off the soldier, and got wounded in the process.
Israeli news site Walla reported that the terrorist was identified as 20-year-old Abed a-Rahman Massouda, the cousin of Ihab Massouda, who committed a stabbing attack in Hebron on Monday, which left one 40-year-old Israeli critically wounded.
Just before today’s attack, IDF troops entered the home of Ihab Massouda, to measure it for demolition, a procedure used as a punitive measure against terrorists and their families. The army is still not clear about whether the cousins both lived in that house.
Hebron has been a focal point of many stabbing and vehicular attacks committed by Palestinians against Israelis since the outbreak of the current terror wave, which began in September.