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Palestinian Authority/Gaza, March 5, 2024

Israeli soldier seriously hurt in Palestinian stabbing attack

Original source

The Times of Israel

An Israeli soldier was stabbed and seriously wounded in an attack carried out by a Palestinian teenager in the northern West Bank on Tuesday, the military and medics said.

According to the Israel Defense Forces, the assailant approached an army post at the Yitzhar Junction, close to the settlement of the same name, and stabbed one of the soldiers.

Other troops, of the Kfir Brigade’s Nahshon Battalion, shot the stabber dead, the IDF said.

The assailant was named by Palestinian media as Muhammad Shehadeh, 17.

The victim was taken to Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva, which listed him in serious condition. The IDF said the soldier’s family was updated on his condition.

Earlier Tuesday, the Border Police, Shin Bet security agency, and IDF said troops detained a prominent terror operative in the Balata refugee camp near Nablus in the northern West Bank in an overnight raid.

In a joint statement, authorities said Muhammad Tanji was planning an “imminent” terror attack with other operatives.

Tanji was “one of the main operatives in the terror infrastructure in Balata over the past year,” the statement said.

Palestinian media identified Tanji as a leader and founder of the so-called Balata Battalion, a local wing of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group in the refugee camp.