Palestinian Woman Shot Dead After Attempting to Stab Israeli Soldiers Near West Bank Settlement

Woman did not respond to troops' warning and began to run towards them, according to the IDF.

Israeli security forces inspect the scene of a stabbing attack at a checkpoint near the West Bank city of Tulkarem on June 2, 2016.
Jaafar Ashtiyeh / AFP

A Palestinian woman was shot dead Thursday after allegedly attempting to stab Israeli soldiers stationed near the settlement of Einav in the northern West Bank.

The Israel Defense Forces said that woman attempted to stab the soldiers near the village of Anabta before being shot dead. 

An initial investigation has found that the woman entered the area around a military pillbox guard tower at the site. A soldier on duty there site warned other soldiers in the area regarding the woman. They called on the Palestinian woman to stop, the army reported, and to drop a knife that she was carrying.

She did not respond to their warning and began to run towards them, according to the IDF. The soldiers, who were from the Kfir brigade, are then said to have opened fire at the woman, killing her. None of the soldiers suffered injuries.

The Palestinian Health Ministry identified the woman as Ansar Hussam Harasha, a married mother of two from the village Qaffin north of Tulkarm.

Housam Badran, a member if Hamas' political bureau said following the incident that "The young generation in Palestine will continue to fight the occupation," adding that "the Palestinians will know avenge her death."

On Monday, a 19-year-old soldier was stabbed with a screwdriver in Tel Aviv in a suspected terror attack.

He sustained light injuries and was taken to Tel Aviv's Ichilov Medical Center for treatment.

A 17-year-old Palestinian from the West Bank town of Silfit, who worked in a nearby supermarket, was seen fleeing the scene. He was arrested nearby and taken in for questioning.