IDF Forces Thwart Stabbing Attack in West Bank

Palestinian woman charges with knife towards crowd of soldiers, civilians at Gush Etzion junction; says she waited to conduct attack until after completion of Shalit swap deal.

Israel Defense Forces soldiers on Wednesday afternoon thwarted a stabbing attack at the Gush Etzion junction in the West Bank, Channel 10 reported.

According to the report, a Palestinian woman in her 20s arrived at the junction, pulled out a knife and charged at a crowd of soldiers and civilians shouting “God is great” and “Death to the Jews”.

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An IDF soldier saw the charging woman and pointed his weapon at her at which point she threw down her knife and lay on the ground. The woman was then arrested.

No one was injured in the incident.

When questioned by security forces, the woman said she had planned to stab soldiers and that she had waited for the completion of the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange deal to conduct the attack.