2 Israeli soldiers hurt in Hebron-area shootings


UPDATE: This story was last updated at 12:15 p.m. to note the second shooting and the attempted stabbing.

JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Israeli soldier was injured in a shooting attack in the Hebron area hours after another soldier was wounded in a shooting attack in the area.

In the second West Bank attack, on Sunday evening in the south Hebron Hills, the soldier was moderately wounded with a bullet to the leg. Israeli soldiers were searching the area for the shooter, the Israel Defense Forces spokesman said.

The previous attack occurred in the afternoon, when a female soldier was shot by a sniper near the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron. The soldier, 20, was taken in moderate condition to Shaare Zedek hospital in Jerusalem. The shooter aimed at the site’s parking lot from a nearby Palestinian village, Israeli military forces said.

The IDF was searching for the gunman.

The attack cames days after an Israeli man who worked as a maintenance worker at the site succumbed to injuries sustained there in a Dec. 7 stabbing attack. There have been several stabbing or attempted stabbing attacks at the site in the last two months.

Jews and Muslims revere the Tomb of the Patriarchs as the gravesite of their forefathers. There is Jewish worship and a mosque there.

Between the two shooting attacks Sunday, a Palestinian youth attempted to stab an Israeli man at a bus stop in eastern Jerusalem, Israel Police said. Israeli security forces caught the assailant, who had fled the scene.

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