Hamas terrorists in Gaza
Hamas terrorists in Gaza Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash 90

IDF troops, with assistance from Border Police and the Israel Security Agency, arrested overnight Wednesday a Hamas terrorist who is suspected of involvement in the stabbing attack near Meitzad in Gush Etzion two weeks ago.

Israel Ben Aharon, 58, suffered head injuries and was stabbed in the chest during the attack, but he managed to save himself by fighting off his attacker.

In the combined rock throwing and stabbing attack, Ben Aharon stopped his car and gout out to examine the damage, when he was stabbed by Azzam Azat Shabadan Shalaldeh, a 20-year-old resident of Sa'ir.

Ben Aharon managed to shoot his attacker - a known Hamas terrorist - but Shalaldeh escaped.

He then apparently traveled to the Alhali Hospital in Hevron for treatment; troops discovered the terrorist was there on Wednesday night, and promptly conducted an undercover raid at the hospital to arrest him. 

He was transferred to the ISA for questioning, and will be charged with attempted murder and other crimes. The terrorist's cousin was killed during the operation after he resisted arrest, officials said.

According to the Israel Security Agency, Shalaldeh is "from a family of Hamas terrorists." 

In a statement, the IDF, Border Police and ISA said that they would bring to justice all terrorists, no matter where they were hiding.

“The security establishment will not permit the existence of any hiding place for terrorists, and we will reach and arrest all terrorists no matter where they are.”

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