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Female IDF Officer Wounded in Palestinian Sniper Attack in Hebron

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The scene of the sniper attack in Hebron on Sunday afternoon. Photo: Magen David Adom.

The scene of the sniper attack in Hebron on Sunday afternoon. Photo: Magen David Adom.

A 20-year-old female IDF officer was moderately wounded in a Palestinian shooting attack in Hebron on Sunday afternoon, according to reports in the Hebrew press.

Police say the attack was committed by a sniper who opened fire at a group of Israelis standing in the area of the parking lot near the Cave of the Patriarchs.

The terrorist escaped and a manhunt is underway to apprehend him.

Magen David Adom paramedics who treated the woman soldier at the scene say she sustained bullet wounds to the pelvis. She was evacuated to the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem.

The incident comes on the heels of a shooting spree in Tel Aviv on Friday afternoon, which left two Israelis dead and seven others wounded. A massive search for the terrorist, an Arab-Israeli named Nashat Milhem from Wadi Ara, is still being conducted by Israeli security services.

According to Hebrew press reports, the hunt is being carried out predominantly in north Tel Aviv and police are scouring the area without their weapons drawn, so as not to arouse the suspicion of the terrorist and to assuage public panic. Though schools remained open on Sunday, there was a reported 50 percent drop in attendance, as worried parents kept their children at home.

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  • With today’s shooting of a female IDF officer in Hebron, and a shooting that killed two Israelis in Tel Aviv two days earlier, it appears that Palestinian terrorists are now emphasizing the use of guns and rifles — in place of knives — to commit their terrorist attacks.

    It would behoove Israel to build several watchtowers — especially in heavily-populated areas — which would allow observers (with the use of binoculars) to view areas of at least a mile in radius. These observers could fire at any suspected terrorists, or radio IDF personnel or police close to the terrorists to take action against them.

    This modus operandi would kill the terrorists before they had a chance to shoot or stab innocent Israelis.