Victim lightly wounded in stabbing outside West Bank city of Beitar Illit in second terror attack within two hours
(SOURCE) One Israeli was lightly wounded in a stabbing attack at the entrance to the West Bank city of Beitar Illit.
The wounded Israeli was a civilian security guard in his 20s, who was posted to the city’s main entrance road.
The attacker was identified as a Palestinian woman from Bethlehem, 22-year-old Halawa Alian.
She was shot by the victim after stabbing him, and conflicting reports first suggested she may have been killed. The IDF said she was still being treated by medics who were evacuating her to hospital.
As per police regulations, the woman lay on the sidewalk until a police sapper team confirmed she was not wearing an explosive device. Only then were medics allowed to treat her.
Israeli reports said she was moderately wounded and has been taken to Jerusalem’s Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem.
A security video from the scene showed the woman approaching the entrance gate to the city, starting a conversation with the guard, then pulling a large knife from her purse and lunging at him.
The guards were on alert as she approached, according to the Walla news site, after a municipal control room watching the camera feeds noticed her walking along the entrance road and notified the guards.
Haredi media broke the news, as the population of Beitar Illit is Haredi.
Medics from the Ichud Hatzalah rescue service in the city treated the wounded guard.
IDF and police forces were also at the scene.
The attack followed less than two hours after a Palestinian car-ramming attack in the northern West Bank that left two Israelis seriously injured and two others lightly injured.
Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.