Unknown assailants attacked a soldier who was standing at a hitchhiking station at Koach Junction in Kiryat Shemonah. The two got out of a car they were in, attacked the soldier with a metal bar, took his gun and escaped.
The soldier, who is 19 years old, serves in an IAF base in northern Israel He was evacuated to Ziv Hospital in Tzfat (Safed) in moderate condition.
Police have set up roadblocks throughout the area and a helicopter is participating in the search for the attackers.
Police revealed Wednesday that they had arrested eight residents of northern Israel on suspicion that they stole weapons and ammunition from IDF bases. The suspects are Druze, and two of them are IDF soldiers.