Attempted Stabbing Attack in Hebron; Palestinian Shot and Killed

Border Police report a woman drew out a knife at a security checkpoint at the entrance to the Tomb of the Patriarchs; no security forces present were wounded.

Sara al-Hajuj Atrayera.
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A Palestinian woman was shot and killed in the West Bank city of Hebron on Friday morning after attempting to carry out a stabbing attack, according to Border Police, marking the beginning of a violent day.

A Border Police spokesman said the woman approached the Border Police security checkpoint at the entrance to the Tomb of the Patriarchs and attempted to stab the officer. The officer then fired at her, killing her on the spot. No others were wounded in the incident.

The Palestinian woman has been identified as Sara al-Hajuj Atrayera, 27, from the West Bank village of Bani Na'im.

The incident was only the first in a violent day which saw a Palestinian die during clashes with Israeli forces near Jerusalem, followed by a shooting attack on an Israeli car near Hebron, which left one Israeli dead and another three wounded.

On Thursday, a Palestinian assailant also from Bani Na'im stabbed and killed a teenage girl as she slept inside her home in the West Bank settlement of Kiryat Arba. A civil security guard responding to the attack shot and killed the assailant at the scene.

The victim, 13-year-old Hallel Yaffa Ariel, was later identified as a U.S. citizen.

Also on Thursday, a Palestinian man stabbed two Israelis in the coastal city of Netanya before an armed civilian shot him down.