2 Palestinian Assailants Killed After Wounding Woman Soldier in West Bank

Shortly after the attack, Palestinians said IDF forces were encircling Beit Fajjar, the village near the settlement of Ariel where the attackers were from.

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The scene of a stabbing attack at the Ariel junction, March 17, 2016.
The scene of a stabbing attack at the Ariel junction, March 17, 2016.Credit: Gil Cohen-Magen

Two Palestinianis stabbed and wounded a woman soldier on Thursday at the Ariel junction and troops at the scene shot and killed the assailants at the scene. 

Magen David Adom paramedics treated the soldier for a stab wound to the upper body and evacuated her to Beilinson Hospital, Rabin Medical Center in Petah Tikva in moderate-to-serious condition.

The slain assailants  have been identified as Ali Thawabta, 19, and Ali Takatka, 20 from the village of Beit Fajjar near Jerusalem. Since the current wave of violence began in October, five young people from Beit Fajjar have died, as well as 13 youngsters from the Bethlehem district.

Palestinian reports said a few hours after the attack that IDF forces were surrounding Beit Fajjar. 

On Monday, four Israeli soldiers were lightly wounded in two separate attacks. The incidents, a shooting and car-ramming, took place only minutes apart and both occurred near the settlement of Kiryat Arba, near Hebron.