Israeli soldier may have fabricated stabbing attack

Published April 5th, 2016 - 06:14 GMT
A group of Israeli soldiers inspect a map near the Israel-Lebanon border. (AFP)
A group of Israeli soldiers inspect a map near the Israel-Lebanon border. (AFP)

An Israeli soldier who was initially reported to have been stabbed on Monday morning may have invented the whole story, according to official sources quoted by the Israeli media. 

The Israeli Defense Forces soldier, who is in his 20's, reportedly sustained a stab wound to the upper body in the town of Tzur Yitzhak, which is in Israel but right on the border of the West Bank. 

The soldier was rushed to the hospital and a manhunt for the alleged attacker was quickly launched, according to The Times Of Israel (TOI). 

But police later said that they were "looking into a suspicion of a false report," TOI reported. The manhunt was called off. The Israeli daily Haaretz also reported on Monday that security forces have said they are "investigating whether the soldier fabricated the report."  

It wasn't clear at the time of writing how the soldier would have received his wounds if he wasn't stabbed by somebody. 

The incident comes during a wave of violence in Israel and the Palestinian Territories. In the past seven months, there have been 213 stabbings, 83 shootings, and 42 vehicular attacks on Israelis by Palestinians, according to the Israel Ministry Of Foreign Affairs, which tracks the violence

Over 190 Palestinians and nearly 30 Israelis have been killed in the violence during that period, according to Palestinian news agency Ma'an News. 

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