Israeli soldier killed by Palestinian sniper in Hebron

JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Israeli soldier was shot at a checkpoint near the Cave of the Patriarchs and later died of his wounds.

The Israeli army said the shots were fired Sunday by a Palestinian sniper.  Hebron remained under a curfew on Sunday night.

The army evacuated some 11,000 visitors who were in Hebron at the time, participating in tours and programming for the intermediate days of Sukkot. Worshippers were ejected from the Cave of the Patriarchs following the shooting.

The soldier was hit in the neck by a bullet. He was rushed to a Jerusalem hospital, where he later died. His name has not yet been made public, pending notification of his family.

Israeli troops and Palestinian residents of Hebron clashed following the shooting, according to the Times of Israel. Haaretz reported that the clashes began before the shooting.

“This lethal attack illustrates the complex security challenges the IDF faces on a daily basis in Judea & Samaria,” said IDF spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner. “The IDF will employ the necessary means, operational and intelligence, to apprehend those responsible for this deathly attack.”