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A Ramallah area Arab stabbed and lightly wounded an IDF soldier Monday night during a counterterrorist operation. The combat unit shot and wounded three terrorists.

The wounded soldier received first aid at the scene, east of the Palestinian Authority's headquarters in Ramallah, adjacent to the Jewish community of Beit El and several miles north of Jerusalem.

The IDF was conducting a maneuver in a Ramallah area village when a gang attacked. It was not clear if the terrorists had planned an ambush or acted spontaneously during the IDF operation for arresting suspects. The wounded terrorists were treated at an Israeli hospital, under guard of security personnel.

The Palestinian Authority is committed to eradicating the terrorist infrastructure in the Ramallah area, but the IDF frequently has to conduct nighttime maneuvers to arrest terrorists. The maneuvers usually are coordinated with the Palestinian Authority.

Monday night's stabbing follows almost daily knife attacks by Palestinian Authority terrorists on Israeli civlians and terrorists, and the escalatoin has accompanied continung incitement against in PA media aganst Israel.