65-year-old Palestinian Woman Arrested After Stabbing Israeli in Hebron

The 38-year-old Israeli suffered light injuries and the Palestinian woman was arrested on the spot

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Tomb of the patriarchs, last month.
Tomb of the patriarchs, last month.Credit: Ohad Zwigenberg

A Palestinian woman stabbed a 38-year-old Israeli Saturday morning near the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron, in the West Bank.

The Israeli, a resident of the Kiryat Arba settlement, suffered minor injuries and the Palestinian woman was arrested on the spot.

According to the Israeli Border Police, after the stabbing, the Israeli man fought with the woman, who is 65-years-old and a resident of Idna village in the West Bank.

The knife involved in the stabbing. The Israeli citizen suffered light injuries.Credit: Police Spokesperson

When soldiers arrived, the Palestinian woman dropped her knife and lay down on the floor. She was arrested at the scene and no shots were fired at her, they added.

The Palestinian woman and Israeli soldiers at the scene of the stabbing, in Hebron.

The report comes amid heightened tensions in the West Bank. On Thursday night, a 25-year-old yeshiva student was shot dead in a Palestinian ambush, after which settlers established a new outpost in his name and attacked Palestinians overnight.

Palestinian gunmen opened fire on a vehicle near the evacuated settlement of Homesh, killing Yehuda Dimentman and wounding two other students. The Israeli military has since taken several suspects into custody overnight in a ramped-up manhunt in the northern West Bank.

Following the attack, hundreds of people came in armored buses to participate in the funeral of Dimentman, with many from the congregation calling for revenge and the reestablishment of Homesh, which was evacuated in 2005.

Overnight on Thursday, a Palestinian couple were evacuated to hospital after they were attacked in their home in the northern West Bank village of Qaryut by settlers who knocked on their door at 4 A.M. and claimed to be soldiers.

Police said they received reports of several suspects throwing stones at the Palestinian home, and that they will investigate the incident.

In the town of Burka near Homesh on Friday morning, a resident reported stones were thrown at six houses and a barn was set ablaze. The army is stationed at the entrance to the town, and clashes have erupted between Palestinians and soldiers.

Following the intensified manhunt, which has drawn several top units, an Israeli Defense Forces spokesperson said that the army had detained suspects, but it is unclear if they were directly related to the incident.

The spokesperson described the attack as "inherently different" from other attacks in recent weeks saying: "I wouldn't call it a terror wave since there is no ongoing link between the events. This incident is different because of the use of a firearm."

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