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Terrorist neutralized after attacking an IDF soldier at the Almog Junction on Oct. 30, 2022

Less than 24 hours after a terrorist attack in Kiryat Arba left one Israeli dead and three others wounded, another Palestinian Authority Arab terrorist attacked a group of Israelis on Sunday afternoon at the Almog Junction on Route 1 between Jerusalem and the Dead Sea.

The attack was carried out in two locations: the terrorist first attacked a group of Israelis at the Nabi Musa intersection, wounding five people, and then continued on to the Almog Junction, where he attempted another attack but was neutralized by a responding police officer and a civilian, who both opened fire.

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All of the victims were IDF soldiers.

Two were reported to be in good condition with mild injuries; three were reported in fair condition with moderate wounds. All were fully conscious, according to medics from the United Hatzalah and Magen David Adom emergency medical response services. All of the victims were in their twenties, MDA reported. One was reported to have head injuries.

The victims were taken the Shaare Zedek and Hadassah Mount Scopus medical centers in Jerusalem.

“When we arrived at the Nabi Musa intersection, we saw 5 young men about 20 years old fully conscious with injuries,” MDA senior medic Nathaniel Rabi said. “We provided initial medical treatment that included wound dressings and stopping bleeding. We put them in MICUs and MDA ambulances and evacuated them to the hospital in stable condition.”

An Israeli police officer who was at the bus station, together with a civilian, opened fire at the terrorist, identified as 49-year-old Barkat Odeh, a resident of the El Azaria section of Jerusalem married to a resident of the northern Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat and who spent time in an Israeli prison on drug offenses.

The attacker was initially reported to be in critical condition; he subsequently died of his wounds.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.