Rabbi shot during Samaria attack dies

Rabbi Ahiad Ettinger, who was critically wounded in terror attack Sunday, succumbs to his wounds.

David Rosenberg,

Rabbi Ahiad Ettinger
Rabbi Ahiad Ettinger
Ofer Amram

Rabbi Ahiad Ettinger, one of the three Israeli victims in a pair of terror attacks in Samaria on Sunday, succumbed to his wounds on Monday.

Ettinger, 47, a resident of the Israeli town of Eli in Samaria, is survived by his wife and 12 children, ages one to 20.

A prominent educator in the national-religious sector, Rabbi Ettinger served as the dean of the Oz V’Emunah hesder yeshiva in the Neve Sha'anan neighborhood of south Tel Aviv.

On Sunday, a Palestinian Arab terrorist carried out a pair of attacks in Samaria, including a combination stabbing and shooting attack at Ariel Junction in central Samaria, then a shooting attack in western Samaria at Gitai Avisar Junction.

During the first attack, at Ariel Junction, the terrorist, armed with a knife, hid in an illegal Arab shop near the junction, waiting for an opportune time to attack two IDF soldiers deployed nearby.

The terrorist managed to sneak up on the soldiers, stabbing one of them and stealing his firearm. The terrorist then shot the soldier, killing him.

The soldier was later identified as 19-year-old Gal Keidan of Beer Sheva.

After he murdered Keidan, the terrorist was shot by the commander of the IDF unit deployed at the junction, but was not seriously wounded, and managed to steal a car and flee the scene.

The terrorist later shot a second IDF soldier and Rabbi Ettinger, who had attempted to gun down the terrorist with his personal firearm.

Rabbi Ettinger was shot during the attack, suffering a head wound which left him in critical condition. Despite the efforts of doctors at Beilinson Medical Center in Petah Tikva, Rabbi Ettinger succumbed to his wounds Monday morning and was declared dead.




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