Two Israeli citizens were killed, a woman was seriously wounded and another citizen and IDF soldier were lightly wounded in an infiltration attack in the community of Kiryat Arba in the West Bank.

Around 20:45 yesterday evening, two terrorists cut through the fence surrounding Kiryat Arba. The terrorists seriously wounded one woman and lighlty wounded one man. Following that, the terrorists entered a house near the local Jewish seminary, and killed the two occupants inside.

IDF forces and the community’s standby-class entered the house, and killed the terrorists. An IDF soldier was lightly wounded from exchanges of fire. One of the terrorists was killed when the explosive belt he was wearing detonated. The IDF force killed the other terrorist. The wounded were taken to hospital for medical treatment.

About an hour after the attack in Kiryat Arba, an IDF Artillery force thwarted an infiltration attempt into the community of Negohot, south west of Kiryat Arba. An IDF lookout identified two armed terrorists outside the community’s perimeter fence. The force proceeded to carry out arrest procedures. In the ensuing firefight the explosive belt which one of the terrorists was wearing exploded, killing him. The IDF soldiers killed the other terrorist. There were no casualties in this incident.

It should be noted that both attacks took advantage of the fact that it was Friday night, the Jewish Sabbath, in order to harm innocent civilians. In addition, the quick response of the security forces prevented a higher death toll.