Israeli stabbed, lightly injured by 65-year-old Palestinian woman in Hebron
A 38-year-old man was slightly injured on Saturday morning when he was stabbed at a checkpoint near the Tomb of the Patriarchs in the West Bank city of Hebron.
Police said the assailant, a 65-year-old woman from nearby Idhna, was taken for questioning.
The victim, a resident of Kiryat Arba settlement, fought with the Palestinian attacker before Israeli troops overpowered her without opening fire, police said in a statement.
According to the Haaretz daily, when Israeli troops approached, she threw the knife to the ground and lay on the ground.
Public broadcaster Kan said the victim was treated on site for facial injuries.
The attack occurred near the Tomb of the Patriarchs, which is considered sacred by Jews and Muslims and is used for prayers by worshipers of both faiths. It was a major flashpoint for the violence.
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The tomb is frequented by Jews on Shabbat and public holidays and often under military protection.
It and the surrounding area have been the scene of numerous attacks and attempted bombings against Israelis. It is also the site of one of the worst incidents of settler violence against Palestinians, the 1994 massacre by far-right extremist Baruch Goldstein, which opened fire during prayers, killing 29 people and injuring more than 100.
Saturday’s attack came amid an increase in Palestinian terror attacks in recent weeks, with one man shot dead Thursday night, and four took place in Jerusalem alone, including a fatal shooting by a Hamas operative.
Meanwhile, the manhunt continued on Saturday in the area surrounding the West Bank city of Jenin to find the attackers behind Thursday’s deadly terrorist shooting.
Yehuda Dimentman was killed and two others were slightly injured after being shot while driving a car as they left Homesh. A military official said the car was ambushed from the side of the road.
Security officials feared the cell would attempt to carry out another attack before it was captured, according to TV reports Friday evening.
Three additional infantry battalions, along with special forces and intelligence units, were deployed to the West Bank after the attack, as the military, Shin Bet security services and Israeli police searched the area. search for attackers.
Dimentman was a student at a yeshiva, or religious school, near where the attack took place. Homesh is a settlement that was to be abandoned as part of a 2005 eviction, but is now the site of the illegally operated yeshiva.
The 25-year-old was the father of a nine-month-old son and lived in the West Bank settlement of Shavei Shomron.
Palestinian terror groups Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine welcomed Thursday’s attack, but did not take responsibility for it.
In addition to the increase in Palestinian attacks against Israelis, there has also been a noticeable increase in settler violence against Palestinians.
A group of extremist Israeli settlers assaulted Palestinians and vandalized property in a West Bank village near Nablus on Thursday night, Palestinian media reported on Friday hours after the attack.
Emanuel Fabian and Judah Ari Gross contributed to this report.