The 25-year-old guard received medical care on the spot by Magen David Adom paramedics, and was evacuated to the Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in the capital. He arrived at the hospital's emergency room in very serious condition.
Qalandiya checkpoint after the attack (Photo: Gil Yohanan)
Border Guard police arrested a Palestinian in his 20s suspected of committing the stabbing. The man was taken in for investigation.
An initial IDF investigation revealed that the guard was stabbed while Palestinians crowded the area. The guard had apparently attempted to reach the Qalandiya square, fired in the air once and then collapsed.
Three Palestinians were seen fleeing the place. One of them was arrested by Border Guard police and taken in for investigation. Army forces are currently searching the area for the perpetrators.
A short while after the Qalandiya incident, a three year-old Israeli child was lightly injured when Palestinians threw stones at his family's car near the settlement of Tkoa. The child was evacuated to the hospital, and IDF forces were dispatched to the scene.
During recent months, several Palestinians were arrested at the Qalandiya crossing after knives were found in their possession. One was found to be carrying a 50-centimeter long sword.
Several days ago, a soldier was lightly wounded by stones that were hurled at him in the town of Qalandiya.
A year ago, Sergeant Nir Kahana from Kiryat Tivon was tabbed to death at the same place by Yussef Abu-Adi from the village of Nuama, near Ramallah.
About two months ago, IDF soldiers thwarted a stabbing attack at the Hawara crossing, south of Nablus.
A Palestinian who approached the checkpoint pulled out a knife, and one of the soldiers responded by opening fire toward him and injuring him badly. The Palestinian died of his wounds a short while later.
Several days later, an east Jerusalem resident was stabbed and sustained serious injuries in Hizme, north of Jerusalem. The man's family claimed that he had been stabbed after Palestinians suspected he was collaborating with Israel.