Pregnant Israeli Woman Moderately Wounded in West Bank Stabbing Attack

Palestinian assailant shot and killed; Israeli army orders removal of Palestinian workers from Gush Etzion in settlement of Tekoa.

Gili Cohen
Chaim Levinson
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Stabbing attack victim being taken to Shaare Zedek Medical Center, Jerusalem, January 18, 2016.
Stabbing attack victim being taken to Shaare Zedek Medical Center, Jerusalem, January 18, 2016.Credit: Emil Salman
Gili Cohen
Chaim Levinson

A pregnant Israeli woman was wounded in a stabbing attack in the West Bank settlement of Tekoa, in Gush Etzion, according to initial reports. Medical personnel said she suffered moderate wounds.

The woman, Michal Froman, daughter-in-law of late Rabbi Menachem Froman, was in a warehouse when she was attacked by a Palestinian man, who was shot by a settlement resident. The attacker, who was previously reported killed, is now said to be in serious condition.

The attack was reported at 10:19 A.M., the Magen David Adom emergency service said, adding that the victim, in her 30s, has suffered injuries to her upper body. They said that the woman was fully conscious before she was taken to hospital for further treatment.

Following the attack, the IDF's Etzion Regional Brigade commander issued an order to remove all Palestinian workers from settlements and industrial zones in Gush Etzion. 

The incident took place inside the settlement, as did another stabbing on Sunday. 39-year-old Dafna Meir was stabbed to death inside her home in the West Bank settlement of Otniel after a struggle with the attacker.

The army believes the assailant fled to the adjacent Palestinian village of Khirbet Karameh, in the south Hebron hills. He remains at large.

IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot visited the scene of the Otniel stabbing on Monday morning, before the Tekoa stabbing took place.

Earlier in on Sunday, a Palestinian attempted to stab a soldier at a guard post in the vicinity of Nablus. A soldier in the area shot him dead. No one else was injured in the incident.