The IDF and the Judea and Samaria Civil Administration sealed on Friday an opening in the protective wall near Bet El, through which a terrorist infiltrated to attack a soldier.
An old abandoned Arab stone structure that was located several dozen meters from the wall, on the Jewish side, was also demolished. The High Court had ruled that the opening in the wall must remain in order to allow the Arab owner access to the structure.
The terrorist stabbed the soldier and threw a large rock that hit his head. He then escaped, unharmed, into Arab territory, and apparently headed for Ramallah.
After being treated on the scene, the soldier was evacuated to Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center in Jerusalem. Upon his arrival at the hospital, the soldier’s condition was listed as serious.
Israeli security forces are searching the surrounding area for the terrorist.
Friday’s attack is the latest terror incident in the Binyamin district of Samaria.
On Sunday, Hamas terrorists opened fire on a group of Israeli civilians at a bus stop next to the town of Ofra, just north of Beit El. Six people were wounded, including a 21-year-old pregnant woman, who had to deliver her child in an emergency caesarian section as a result of the attack. The permature baby later died as a result of the attack.