|The scene of today’s attack [Ma’an News Agency]|
As reported this afternoon (Thursday) by Times of Israel:
A Palestinian woman approached a military outpost in the West Bank Thursday and attempted to stab a group of soldiers. The troops opened fire and shot her dead, the army said. According to the Israel Defense Forces, the woman tried to attack the soldiers who were stationed at a pillbox-style guard post near the Einav settlement, northwest of the Palestinian city of Nablus. Forces at the scene “responded to the immediate threat by shooting the attacker and killing her,” the IDF said in a statement. No Israeli soldiers were injured… [T]he IDF was still investigating the incident to determine what exactly happened, a spokesperson said.
Ynet reported the attack around 1:00 pm today. The Einav community, home to about 800 people, is located on Route 57 in the Samaria (Shomron) district between the communities of Avnei Hefetz and Shavei Shomron. It has appeared in previous posts of ours, and not – unfortunately – for its very pleasant location and high quality of life:
- 01-Dec-15: Tuesday’s Arab-on-Israeli violence continued
- 01-Oct-15: Thursday morning stabbing attack thwarted
- 3-Dec-12 [UPDATED]: Ax-wielding Palestinian Arab is stopped by Israeli soldiers this morning
Who is the now-deceased woman who launched today’s assault? We don’t know from Israeli sources at this stage. Over at the Bethlehem-based Ma’an News Agency, they take their characteristic, disingenuous line that she was
shot and killed at an Israeli army checkpoint in the northern occupied West Bank on Thursday afternoon, after allegedly attempting to stab a soldier.
At Ma’an, their reports rarely get past this focus on allegations.
On the basis of past experience, we will not be surprised if today’s knife-woman is a child or a very young woman.
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