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Soldiers scour Adam
Photo: Motti Mizrahi
IDF scours Adam amid fears of terrorist infiltration
Less than a week after Yotam Ovadia was stabbed to death by a Palestinian terrorist who infiltrated the West Bank settlement, troops search the area after suspicious man is spotted lingering outside the fence, but find nothing.
IDF forces scoured the West Bank settlement of Adam near Jerusalem on Tuesday afternoon amid fears that a suspicious man who was seen lingering outside the fence perimeters infiltrated the settlement, but found nothing. 

 

 

Fear has permeated the residents Adam since last Thursday when 31-year-old Yotam Ovadia was stabbed to death by a Palestinian terrorists after he managed to break in.

 

Ovadia was killed by 17-year-old Mohammad Tareq Yousef from Kobar in the stabbing attack while he was on his way to his parents’ house to collect items he bought for a romantic dinner he had prepared to surprise his wife to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Tu B’Av—similar to Valentine's Day.

 

Soldiers scour Adam (Photo: Motti Mizrahi)
Soldiers scour Adam (Photo: Motti Mizrahi)

Shortly before 9pm on Thursday, Yousef infiltrated Adam through the fence, passed through the settlement's playground and stabbed a 58-year-old man who was left in moderate condition and a 41-year-old man who was left in light condition.

 

He also stabbed Ovadia several times, who succumbed to his wounds overnight while being treated in the Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem’s Mount Scopus.

 

Hundreds of family members and friends attended Ovadia’s funeral on Friday afternoon.

 

 (Photo: Motti Mizrahi)
(Photo: Motti Mizrahi)

 

Assaf Ravid, who was lightly wounded after a brief scuffle with the terrorist before shooting him dead, recalled the incident, saying “I realized it was either me or him.”

 

“I went out for a bike ride and put the bike in the car because I was going for a ride outside the community. I always have a gun in my bag,” Ravid said.

 

“I heard the shouting so I went closer to see what the commotion was and suddenly the terrorist burst toward me and I asked him why there is a fight? What is going on? He looked at me for two seconds and took out a knife from his back pocket and then stabbed me in the shoulder,” he recalled.

 

Yotam Ovadia (Photo: Courtesy of the Ovadia family)
Yotam Ovadia (Photo: Courtesy of the Ovadia family)

 

“I escaped from him since my gun was in my bag. I got it out, turned around and he was standing opposite me. He realized he had no chance. I shot him once and he continued to walk in my direction so I shot him two more times. Then he fell,” he said.

 

“I couldn’t really see. When I approached him he was covered in blood. Then I realized there has been a terror attack. While he was pulling out the knife I realized it was either me or him.”

 


First published: 07.31.18, 16:28
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