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IDF soldier killed in West Bank attack named as Gal Keidan

19-year-old staff sergeant died when a Palestinian attacker stabbed him and stole his weapon, before shooting him and two other people in separate locations; IDF searching local villages for gunman

The IDF soldier killed Sunday morning in a West Bank shooting attack was named as Staff Sergeant Gal Keidan, aged 19 from Be'er Sheva.  

 

 

A combat soldier, Keidan was killed when a Palestinian attacker stabbed him and seized his weapon at Ariel Junction, close to the settlement bearing the same name.

 

Staff Sgt. Gal Keidan
Staff Sgt. Gal Keidan

 

The attacker then apparently shot Kaidan with his own gun before fleeing the scene in a stolen car. The gunman later shot and wounded two other people.  

 

The scene of the attack at Ariel Junction (Photo: AFP)
The scene of the attack at Ariel Junction (Photo: AFP)

 

Keidan was a member of the Artillery Corps, from the "Fire" brigade.  He will be laid to rest at 11am Monday at the military cemetery in his hometown.

 

The IDF launched a massive manhunt to track down the attacker, and was searching local villages as well as all vehicles heading from the area into central Israel.

 


Security forces at the scene of the attack (Photo: Yariv Katz)
Security forces at the scene of the attack (Photo: Yariv Katz)

 

One of the wounded was identified Rabbi Ahiad Ettinger, aged 47, a resident of the West Bank settlement of Eli and a father of 12. 

 

Doctors at Beilinson Hospital were fighting to save the rabbi's life after he was left in critical condition in the shooting attack.

 

Rabbi Ahiad Ettinger (Photo: TPS)
Rabbi Ahiad Ettinger (Photo: TPS)

 

For the past three years, Rabbi Ettinger has been the head of the Oz and Emunah hesder yeshiva (seminary that combines religious study with IDF service) in the Neve Sha'anan neighborhood of southern Tel Aviv.

 

Rabbi Ettinger's neighbor, Aviad, told Ynet: "We are praying for a miracle and his recovery. We will be organizing prayers for him at the settlement."

 

The Ettinger family asked for people to pray for the rabbi's recovery.

 


פרסום ראשון: 03.17.19, 16:38
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