Israeli soldier stabbed near Hebron
March 11, 1997
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DAHARIYAH, West Bank (CNN) -- An Israeli soldier guarding a
Jewish settlement near the West Bank town of Hebron was
stabbed 20 times and wounded seriously Tuesday.
Military sources said it was an apparent Palestinian
guerrilla attack, and the Israeli army said later it had
arrested four Palestinian suspects at Dahariyah village,
south of Hebron.
The pre-dawn attack occurred at the Tene Omarim settlement
south of Hebron, home to about 120 Jewish families. The
soldier fired at his attackers and wounded one.
Rescue workers rushed the soldier to a hospital in Beersheba
in southern Israel.
"We found him stabbed all over his body, about 20 stabs
mainly in the head, chest and stomach -- penetrating stabs,"
said paramedic Gadi Abuhatzeira. He described the soldier's
condition as "very serious."
Army investigators found two knives, a hole in the
settlement's fence, and bloody footprints leading to
A Jewish settler leader accused Palestinian leader Yasser
Arafat of inciting the attack and demanded a halt to peace
"What's clear is this incident didn't just happen. Arafat
made a threat and also carried it out," Jewish settler leader
Ron Schechner told army radio.
"There's no doubt that this is the result of threats, and I
believe it must be clear on this matter that the government
of Israel must not operate under threats," Schechner said.
Palestinians are angry at recent Israeli government decisions
to build a new Jewish settlement in Arab East Jerusalem and
to withdraw from only a third of the West Bank land
Palestinians had expected to receive in the latest Israeli
Near Hebron on Monday, at least 10 Palestinians were injured
by Israeli soldiers who used clubs and guns to beat back
about 100 Arabs as they tried to stop workers from opening a
road for Jewish settlers, witnesses said.
The clash was the first serious outbreak of Israeli-Arab
violence since Arafat spurned an Israeli decision on Friday
to hand over another 9 percent of the West Bank to
Palestinians wanted 30 percent and a say in determining the
scope of this and two other pullbacks from mainly rural areas
of the West Bank which Israel-PLO interim peace deals mandate
must be completed by mid-1998.
Reuters contributed to this report.
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