21-Year-Old Israeli Woman Killed in Palestinian Stabbing Attack in Gush Etzion
An Israeli woman was killed on Sunday afternoon in a Palestinian stabbing attack in Gush Etzion, Israeli news sources reported moments after the incident, which took place shortly after 3 p.m. Israel time.
The 21-year-old was evacuated to the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in critical condition. There, she succumbed to stab wounds in her head and torso.
The terrorist was shot and killed by IDF soldiers on the spot, which has become a common site for stabbing, shooting and car-ramming attacks.
This was the third attack on Sunday. Earlier in the day, a Palestinian driver attempted to run over Israelis standing at the Kfar Adumim intersection. When that failed, he got out of his car and tried to commit a stabbing attack. After managing to lightly wound a 51-year-old Israeli, a civilian on the scene shot and killed him.
At around the same time as the above foiled attack, a 16-year-old female Palestinian terrorist from Nablus was about to commit a stabbing attack on an Israeli girl in Samaria, when a former head of the Samaria Regional Council happened to be driving by. Seeing what was happening, he rammed his car into the assailant. She was then shot by both a soldier and a civilian and killed on the scene.
Sunday’s incidents come on the heels of a terrorist attack on Saturday night in Kiryat Gat, which left four Israelis moderately wounded and a Bedouin mistaken for the terrorist injured. A manhunt was conducted to find the terrorist, who managed to escape capture in the chaos, during which time residents of the area were instructed to remain in their homes, and an announcement was made that Kiryat Gat schools would remain closed until the terrorist was apprehended. The terrorist was located and arrested four hours later.
These attacks — like those which took the lives of five people, among them 18-year-old American Jew Ezra Schwartz — in Tel Aviv and Gush Etzion on Friday — have continued nearly unabated since the surge of Palestinian violence that began in September. This week’s stepped-up scope of attacks have Israeli analysts debating about the extent to which last Friday’s massacre in Paris had an influence on local terrorists operating against innocent Israelis.