The three were evacuated to the Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem for medical treatment. The IDF began searching the Hebron village of Jabel Johar, where the gunshots are believed to have been fired from.
An inquiry into the incident revealed that four troops had been sitting in an IDF jeep in Kiryat Arba's industrial zone, when they were suddenly fired on from the village of Jabel Johar. Three of the soldiers were lightly hurt by shrapnel. The fourth soldier was treated at the Kiryat Arba clinic and was not evacuated to the hospital.
Since the start of Operation Cast Lead 18 days ago, Central Command officials have voiced their fear that terrorists would attempt to target civilians and soldiers in the West Bank. The IDF has boosted its activities and deployment in the area.
Last Thursday, police forces shot and killed a Palestinian allegedly attempting to set fire to a gas station in the West Bank.
At around 9:15 am, the Judea and Samaria Police received a report of a Palestinian trying to set a gas station in the Mishor Adumim area ablaze. Officers who arrived at the scene called on the man to stop. They said that he started running towards them holding up a suspicious object in his hand. The policemen then opened fire at the man and killed him.
One person, who works at the gas station, was lightly injured in the fire and evacuated by Magen David Adom emergency services to a hospital in Jerusalem.