IDF soldier attacked by Palestinian terrorist at bus stop

Archive photo: IDF (Zahal) Spokesperson

The soldier was waiting at a bus stop near the Jordan Valley when the terrorist threw rocks at him. In addition, two Palestinians were discovered with explosives this morning at the Bekaot crossing

Date: 25/03/2011, 2:57 PM     Author: IDF (Zahal) Website

An IDF (Zahal) soldier was moderately to seriously injured when rocks were hurled at him on Friday morning (Mar. 25), the same Palestinian terrorist who’d thrown the rocks then attempting to take his weapon. The soldier was attacked at a bus stop at the Petza’el juncture near the Tomer settlement and Jordan Valley.

Galatz (Army Radio) reported that the event took place while the soldier was waiting for a bus home. The terrorist threw rocks at the soldier and injured him. Initial police investigations suggest the terrorist was attempting to take the soldier’s weapon. A police man passing through the area while the incident took place shot at the terrorist and injured him in the leg.

Both soldier and terrorist were given medical treatment on the scene by Magen David Adom (Israeli Red Cross) and flown to a hospital for further treatment.

At the onset of this week an officer with a rank of Captain was moderately injured in Jaffa in front of Cafe Alma on the corner of Yehuda Hayamit street and Shivtei Israel. The suspect stabbed the officer’s upper body and attempted to steal his weapon.

The terrorist took the weapon and began running away from the scene, but threw it aside after a civilian began chasing him. Several hours later the police arrested the man suspected of carrying out the act, a resident of the city.

In the past year, 137 IDF (Zahal) weapons have disappeared. This is almost half of all thefts in previous years combined. To date, only 74 of them have been returned, among them also weapons stolen in previous years. Most of the weapons were stolen from soldiers’ homes and military bases, others in situations such as during soldiers’ rides home from base. The army usually succeeds in returning around 70% of weapons stolen from bases.

The IDF (Zahal) arrested two Palestinians on Friday morning at the Bekaot crossing near Nablus, having been discovered with four Bangalore torpedoes (explosives placed on a long tube). The two were handed over for questioning by security forces.