IDF soldier, Sergeant David Gordukal, 23 of Bat-Yam, was killed and another soldier was lightly wounded from exchanges of fire during initiated activity carried out last night in the south of the city of Ramallah. The family of the killed soldier has been notified. The soldier who was lightly wounded, was taken to hospital for medical treatment.

A combined IDF force, including Duvdevan, Paratroopers, Duhiphat, Armor, Border Police and the Israel Air Force, operated during the night in the south of Ramallah.

The force arrested five senior Palestinian terrorists. During the operation, the force attacked a number of Palestinian positions and a Force 17 camp in the city of Ramallah.

The IDF activity during the night came in response to repeated terror attacks in the West Bank, and to the deadly shooting attack at the French Hill junction in Jerusalem, in which an Israeli civilian was killed last night, and another was moderately wounded.

The IDF will continue to employ all necessary measures in order to thwart and prevent terror attacks, and to safeguard the security of citizens of Israel and IDF soldiers.