According to the Israel Defense Forces, during the morning of February 24 at the Gush Etzion junction, a Jewish-Israeli man, Eliav Gelman, 30, who was also an army reservist from Karmei Tzur, was stabbed and then hit by bullets fired by Israeli security forces who were attempting to stop the attack. Earlier reports said that Gelman, who was wearing his uniform when he was attacked, was struck by gunfire from an armed bystander.
The Palestinian Maan news agency identified the attacker as Mamdou Yousef Mahmoud Amro, a 26-year-old teacher from Hebron. Amro was also struck by the gunfire.
Both men were taken to a Jerusalem hospital, where Gelman died. Gelman was a married father of two young children.
The Gush Etzion junction, which is located near the Alon Shvut community, has been the site of numerous terrorist attacks on Israeli soldiers and civilians. In November, American yeshiva student Ezra Schwartz was killed in a terrorist shooting at the site.
On February 23, a 17-year-old Palestinian boy was identified as the alleged attacker in February stabbing attack at a market in the Bedouin town of Rahat, where a 65-year-old grandmother was stabbed in the neck.
According to the Israel Police and Shin Bet, the alleged attacker was arrested after a four-day manhunt. According to reports, when the attacker was caught at his home in the Hebron area, he confessed to the crime and led police to where he had hidden the knife he had used in the attack.
The teen had illegally entered Israel and was working at a home in the town at the time of the attack.
Meanwhile, Israel Police arrested two Palestinian men in their 40s from eastern Jerusalem who were caught with homemade pipe bombs and other weaponry hidden in their food stand outside of Herod’s Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem, which is adjacent to the Muslim Quarter.