Two attacks in Kiryat Arba, 3 soldiers wounded

March 14, 2016  

Two attacks occurred within a mere 30 minutes in Kiryat Arba, next to Hevron in Judea.

In the first attack, at around 6:45 a.m., two Arab terrorists in a car attempted to run over soldiers and civilians at a popular hitchhiking stop. They then reportedly opened fire.

An IDF soldier was lightly injured in the attack – though at this point it is unclear whether he was accidentally struck by friendly fire or shot by the terrorists – but the attackers failed to cause serious casualties and were both subsequently shot dead by IDF return fire at the scene.

The injured soldier was taken to Jerusalem’s Sha’arei Tzedek Hospital.

Less than 20 minutes after the attack, another terrorist tried to drive into Israelis at the same location. Another soldier was lightly wounded, and the third terrorist was also shot and killed by soldiers.

Eyal Mor Yosef, an MDA paramedic who treated the victims, said: “We received a call about a car and shooting attack near the hitchhiking spot. When we arrived at the place we saw a man about 20 years old and fully conscious suffering from a penetration injury in his limbs. We gave him first aid in the field and he was evacuated to Sha’arei Tzedek Hospital in light condition.

“Only a few minutes later, while we were still at the scene another vehicle left its lane and hit a 20-year-old man. Along with an IDF medical team that was present, we provided him with medical treatment and found him to be lightly wounded. The perpetrators were shot and neutralized by security forces.”

A spokesperson for the IDF has stated: “An hour ago, two terrorists opened fire at civilians and soldiers standing at a bus stop near Kiryat Arba. IDF soldiers protecting the stop returned fire at the terrorists, who were killed. An IDF soldier was lightly wounded and is now receiving medical treatment in a hospital.

“A few minutes later, a car attack was carried out at the same spot. A terrorist used his vehicle to strike an IDF officer, who was lightly wounded and is now receiving medical treatment in a hospital. The terrorist was shot and killed by IDF forces. Two other soldiers were wounded, apparently from bullet ricochets. They were taken for medical treatment at a hospital,” he continued.

MDA says that it has treated a total of three victims from the attacks.

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