IDF Soldier Killed in West Bank Terror Attack

The Fellowship  |  March 18, 2019

A terrorist carried out a shooting and stabbing attack at a junction in the West Bank on Sunday morning, with initial reports saying two were wounded and one was killed. The Times of Israel’s Jacob Magid reports that the victim who passed away at the scene was 19-year-old IDF soldier Gal Keidan:

The Israel Defense Forces on Sunday identified the victim of a West Bank stabbing and shooting attack earlier in the day as Sgt. Gal Keidan, 19, from the southern city of Beersheba.

Keidan, who served in the IDF’s 334th Artillery Battalion, will be buried in the Beersheba Military Cemetery at 11 a.m. on Monday, the army said.

He will be posthumously promoted to the rank of staff sergeant…

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in a statement, conveyed his condolences to Keidan’s family.

US envoy to the Middle East Jason Greenblatt responded to the attack on Twitter, saying his country “condemn[s] today’s brutal attack by a Palestinian terrorist who murdered at least 1 Israeli & injured others near Ariel…”

In the attack, the terrorist stabbed the serviceman with a knife and managed to snatch his weapon, IDF spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus said, speaking before Keidan’s name had been released for publication. Medics had attempted to resuscitate Keidan, but were forced to declare him dead at the scene…

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