Photo Credit: David Michael Cohen / TPS
Soldiers running to the terror scene near Givat Assaf Junction. Dec. 13, 2018

The IDF soldier wounded Thursday in an attack by Palestinian Authority terrorists at the Givat Assaf junction has survived the operation on his head, according to Hadar Elbaum, spokesperson at Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center in Jerusalem.

“The surgery was complex and carried out by a team of experts in neurosurgery and plastic surgery,” Elbaum said. “His condition continues to be very serious, and is still considered to be life-threatening.”

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Two soldiers were murdered in the drive-by terror shooting attack at 11 am Thursday at Givat Assaf, a major junction located between the Jewish communities of Beit El and Ofra in the Binyamin region of Samaria.

Two others — including a civilian — were wounded. The second wounded person was a woman. She is in serious condition and was taken to Shaare Zedek Medical Center.

The attacker got out of his car and opened fire at the bus stop where IDF soldiers and civilians were standing, then got back into his car and fled the scene.

Israeli military forces and intelligence agents are hunting for the attackers, who are still at large. Their vehicle was found — with Israeli license plates — at a spot between Beit El and Psagot, a short time later.

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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.