An Israeli man was seriously wounded in a stabbing attack Monday afternoon near the Tomb of the Patriarchs in the West Bank city of Hebron, according to Israel Police.

Police said the attacker was shot dead by security forces at the scene.

The Magen David Adom ambulance service said the victim, a man in his 40s, sustained several stab wounds to the upper part of his body and had been evacuated to the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem.

Police say he arrived at the hospital’s trauma center in severe condition where he was connected to a ventilator.

Initial reports suggested the victim was a civilian walking in the area.

Hebron has been a flash point in the recent wave of stabbing, shooting and vehicular attacks that has swept the country since October.