ADAM, West Bank - Israel’s military on Friday searched the West Bank village of a Palestinian teenager who broke into a settlement home and stabbed three Israelis, including one who later died from his wounds.
The military said it detained four Palestinians for questioning and set up security checkpoints at entrances to Kauber, the assailant’s village, north of Jerusalem.
The attacker, identified as Mohammed Tareq Dar Yousef, 17, by family members was shot and killed at the scene Thursday night.
Blood stains were still visible outside the home of the Israeli victim Friday as relatives and friends gathered nearby.
Daniel Nadav said he rushed to his neighbor’s home after hearing screaming. He said he saw 31-year-old Yotam Ovadia “covered in blood ... walking slowly toward a car and then falling.” Nadav said he saw “the terrorist stabbing another neighbor.”
He said the attacker then ran toward him with a knife and tried to stab him.
Nadav said he kicked the attacker in the leg and then got out of his way before another neighbor arrived and shot him dead.
Ovadia, a father of two young children, later died in a hospital.
Hamas, the militant group that rules Gaza, issued a statement praising the attack but did not claim responsibility. Spokesman Fawzi Barhoum called it a “brave operation that responds to the daily ugly crimes the occupation commits against our people.”
Israelis have faced a wave of Palestinian attacks, mostly stabbings, on civilians and soldiers over the past two years but these types of assaults have declined recently.
The settlement located about 5 kilometers from Jerusalem is also called Geva Binyamin.