"A short time ago, an IDF soldier was stabbed near the Cave of Patriarchs. The soldier was lightly wounded and the first aid was given. The terrorist was shot," the statement reads.
The attack took place in the city of Hebron and became the eighth such attack this month. According to the local media, an Israeli paramilitary policeman shot the Palestinian at the site, killing him.
The Cave of Patriarchs, located in Hebron, is a holy place for Jews and Muslims. It is believed that the first patriarch of the Jews and Arabs, Abraham, his son Isaac and grandson, Jacob, are buried in the cave.
Hebron is located in the disputed West Bank, not far from Jerusalem, which is at the center of the current outbreak of violence, mostly involving stabbings.