60-year-old Palestinian Woman Attempts Knife Attack in West Bank, Israel Says

The alleged assailant was shot and later died after being evacuated to a Jerusalem hospital

The 60-year-old assailant Fahima Al-Kharov
The 60-year-old assailant Fahima al-Kharub

A Palestinian woman who attempted to stab soldiers in the West Bank on Sunday, died hours after being shot and hospitalized.

The alleged assailant was evacuated by Rescuers Without Borders to Jerusalem's Shaare Zedek Medical Center in a critical condition. Hours earlier, the military said she attempted to stab soldiers at the Gush Etzion junction in the West Bank.

The knife held by the 60-year-old Palestinian woman who attempted to carry out a stabbing attack in the West BankCredit: IDF Spokesperson Unit

A video of the incident shows IDF soldiers calling on her to drop the knife several times and firing warning shots into the air. As she continued to walk toward them, two bullets were fired at her. She sustained chest and limb injuries.

Palestinian media identified her as Fahima al-Kharub. Her brother told Haaretz that her mental health deteriorated and she had tried to take her own life after she lost her job in a beauty salon as a result of the coronavirus crisis.

She had suffering from depression and anxiety, he said, and she was taken back to mental health facilities on Saturday after she did not take her medication.

The assailant was a 60-year-old woman from Husan, a town near Bethlehem and not far from the settlement of Betar Ilit, according to security sources.

Last week, a Palestinian man was shot and injured after he attempted to stab an Israeli police officer near a West Bank settlement.

Click the alert icon to follow topics:



Automatic approval of subscriber comments.

Subscribe today and save 40%

Already signed up? LOG IN


Yair Lapid.

Yair Lapid Is the Most Israeli of All

An El Al jet sits on the tarmac at John C. Munro International Airport in Hamilton, Thursday, in 2003.

El Al to Stop Flying to Toronto, Warsaw and Brussels

An anti-abortion protester holds a cross in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.

Roe v. Wade: The Supreme Court Leaves a Barely United States

A young Zeschke during down time, while serving with the Wehrmacht in Scandinavia.

How a Spanish Beach Town Became a Haven for Nazis

Ayelet Shaked.

What's Ayelet Shaked's Next Move?

A Palestinian flag is taken down from a building by Israeli authorities after being put up by an advocacy group that promotes coexistence between Palestinians and Israelis, in Ramat Gan, Israel earlier this month

Israel-Palestine Confederation: A Response to Eric Yoffie