Border Police and soldiers in Samaria (archive)
Border Police and soldiers in Samaria (archive) Flash 90

IDF soldiers foiled an attempted terror attack in Samaria Tuesday afternoon.

The incident occurred between the Israeli city of Ariel and the Arab village of Salfit in central Samaria at approximately 1:45 p.m., after a group of IDF soldiers stationed to the south of Ariel responded to a stone-throwing attack by Arab youths along Ariel’s southern security perimeter.

When the soldiers pursued the stone-throwers, the suspects fled towards the village of Salfit. At the entrance to Salfit, one Arab terrorist armed with a knife confronted the soldiers.

Based on the initial reports, it appears that when the terrorist refused to heed the soldiers’ demands to halt, the soldiers opened fire. An IDF spokesperson called the incident an attempted terror attack.

The terrorist was shot suffered a head wound in the incident. A report by Hahadashot claimed that the assailant is in serious condition, though this has yet to be confirmed. The terrorist has been evacuated to a hospital for treatment.

There were no reports of injuries among Israeli civilians or security personnel.

On Sunday, a 24-year-old Arab terrorist from the Shechem (Nabulus) area stabbed 46-year-old security guard Asher Elmaliach in the heart during a stabbing attack in Jerusalem.

Elmaliach was critically wounded in the attack, but has since stabilized. On Tuesday, hospital officials at Shaarei Tzedek said Elmaliach was no longer in immediate danger.