The attack took place in a supermarket in the Sha’ar Binyamin industrial zone, located southeast of Ramallah in the West Bank.
One of the victims, a 21-year-old soldier named Tuvia Yanai Weissman, was hospitalised in Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center in critical condition, where doctors pronounced him dead after fighting to save his life. The second victim, 35, was hospitalised at the Hadassah Hospital at Mount Scopus.
The two Palestinian stabbers were shot by an armed civilian, according to Israeli police. The terrorists, reported to be in serious condition, were also taken to hospitals in Jerusalem for treatment, and are reportedly 14-year-old boys from Beitunia near Ramallah. Israel’s Channel 10 TV reported that the attackers walked around the supermarket for around 20 minutes scoping out victims before the stabbing.
On Friday morning, two border police officers and a bystander were injured in a stabbing attack at Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate. The bystander, identified as a 50-year-old Palestinian woman from East Jerusalem, was hit in the leg by fragments or ricochets from the shots fired at the assailant by security forces.
The assailant was identified as Muhammad Abu Halaf, a 20-year-old Palestinian man from the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Kafr Aqab. He was shot and killed by police during the attack.
31 victims have been killed in knife, gun and car-ramming attacks across Israel and the West Bank by Palestinians since the start of October, with at least 350 wounded. More than 160 Palestinians are said to have been killed, the overwhelming majority while carrying out terror attacks, and others during clashes and demonstrations.