Israeli Lightly Wounded in West Bank Stabbing Attack; Bus Attacked Near Shilo

Female Palestinian assailant shot by security forces; victim suffers light injuries.

Ichud Hatzolah spokesperson

An Israeli civilian was lightly wounded on Monday in a suspected stabbing attack at the Gush Etzion Junction. Later on Monday, an Israeli bus traveling near the Shilo junction was attacked and sustained damage; Israeli security forces were checking whether the bus was hit by gunfire or stones.

After a brief pursuit for the stabber in the first incident, Israeli security forces shot the alleged attacker, a woman said to be about 20 years old. She was evacuated to Hadassah University Hospital, Ein Karem, for treatment, according to paramedics. Her condition is serious.

The Palestinian Ma'an news agency identified the attacker as Amal Jamal Takatka, a 22-year-old from the West Bank town of Beit Fajjar, located south of Bethlehem. The report said Takatka had served time in Israeli jail. Israeli security services said the attacker was born in 1994 and did not have a previous arrest record.

A relative of Takatka told Haaretz that, following the incident, her home was surrounded by a large military force. The IDF has declared the area a closed military zone and was searching the house.

The army and Magen David Adom emergency services were both dispatching large forces to the site of the attack. Sappers were also on site to ensure the suspected attacker was not carrying explosives.

Takatka's home is surrounded by Israeli forces and the area was pronounced a closed military zone by the IDF, one of her relatives told Haaretz. Apparently, the home is being searched.

The victim said he was standing at a hitchhiking post and talking to an acquaintance in a car.

"All of a sudden, I felt a blow here [pointing to the left side of his nape] and was a little shocked," he said. "By the time I turned around, all I saw was a black form moving away from me. It turns out that was the attacker. At the same time, I see that there's a knife stuck here [pointing to the back part of his coat collar]. It didn’t feel like a knife; it felt like a dry blow. It's unbelievable – simply a miracle. God Almighty."

Yitzhak Shuv, a volunteer medic, said that the victim sustained very light wounds to his shoulder and refused medical treatment.

"The Palestinian who allegedly tried to stab him was shot, and army and police medical teams were treating her," he said. "At this point, the situation is under control and there are no additional casualties."

Earlier this month, Dalia Lemkus, 26, was killed and two people were wounded in a stabbing attack near the West Bank settlement of Alon Shvut.

A 26-year-old man suffered light-to-moderate wounds to the abdomen. A 50-year-old man was stabbed in the face, and listed in light-to-moderate condition as well.

A guard at the entrance to the settlement shot and wounded the suspect on the spot, a junction just west of the settlement entrance.