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February 5, 2018 8:37 am

Israeli Father of Four Killed in West Bank Stabbing Attack

avatar by Barney Breen-Portnoy

Rescue workers clean the scene following a stabbing attack at an entrance to Ariel, Feb. 5, 2018. Photo: Reuters / Yossi Zeliger.

An Israeli man was stabbed to death on Monday afternoon in a terrorist attack at a hitchhiking post at an entrance to the West Bank city of Ariel.

The assailant was able to flee the scene, despite being pursued by an IDF officer.

Israeli troops began conducting searches in the area in an effort to track down the attacker.

Later on Monday, the fatality was identified as Itamar Ben Gal, a 29-year-old married father of four from Har Bracha.

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Ben Gal, who was a teacher, will be laid to rest on Tuesday morning.

At a Likud faction meeting on Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed his condolences to Ben Gal’s family and vowed to bring the perpetrator of the attack to justice.

Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon blamed the attack on the “incitement and payments to terrorists by the Palestinian Authority.”

“Instead of inviting [PA President] Mahmoud Abbas to address the Security Council to disseminate lies and hate, the council should unequivocally condemn this attack and demand that he stop paying stipends to terrorists,” Danon said in a statement.

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