YNetNews By: Elisha Ben Kimon, Elior Levy, Yoav Zitun
Two attempted terrorist attacks were thwarted in the Gush Etzion region and in Jerusalem on Thursday.
The first occurred when an ax-wielding terrorist suddenly emerged from behind a bush near an IDF security pillbox opposite the Al-Arroub refugee camp in Gush Etzion and charged at a nearby group of IDF soldiers from the Kfir Brigade.
The soldiers, none of whom were wounded, immediately responded with fire and killed the attacker, who has been identified as Ibrahim Baradiya, a Hamas operative who was released from an Israeli prison.
In a separate incident in Jerusalem near the Chain Gate adjacent to the Temple Mount, two 12-year-old Palestinians aroused the suspicion of the police and Border Police and were stopped and searched.
During the search the police discovered three knives inside the jacket of one of the suspects and a farewell letter to his parents.