Clashes break out in West Bank town after stabbing attack
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Clashes break out in West Bank town after stabbing attack

Palestinians fight with Israeli forces who enter Beit Fajjar after knifing attempt by resident Amal Taqatqa at nearby Gush Etzion Junction

Lazar Berman is a former breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

Israeli security forces at Gush Etzion Junction where a young Israeli man was stabbed and lightly injured on December 01, 2014. (Photo credit: Gershon Elinson/FLASH90)
Israeli security forces at Gush Etzion Junction where a young Israeli man was stabbed and lightly injured on December 01, 2014. (Photo credit: Gershon Elinson/FLASH90)

Residents of Beit Fajjar south of Bethlehem clashed with Israeli police Monday, in the wake of a stabbing attack on an Israeli by a 22-year-old woman from the West Bank town.

Police attempted to disperse the rioters with tear gas.

Security forces surrounded the home of Amal Taqatqa before the clashes broke out, shortly after she attacked an Israeli earlier in the day at the nearby Gush Etzion junction south of Jerusalem.

Her father was arrested, according to Palestinian news agency Ma’an.

Taqatqa was shot by soldiers at the scene and was brought to Hadassah-Ein Kerem hospital in serious condition. The Palestinian Ma’an news site said she was affiliated with the Fatah movement.

The Israeli victim was identified as Yehoshua Lorch.

Josh Lorch (Screen capture: Channel 2)
Josh Lorch (Screen capture: Channel 2)

In 2011, Taqatqa tried to stab a soldier at the same location, according to Ma’an. Her family said at the time that she was mentally disabled.

In July, 14-year-old Beit Fajjar resident Nasri Taqatqa was killed during clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinians.

A video reportedly from the scene of the stabbing showed Israeli soldiers from the Kfir infantry brigade firing toward a dark object lying on the ground dozens of meters away, possibly the attacker.

Photos from the scene showed a wood-handled steak knife apparently used as the attack weapon.

Security forces found another knife on the attacker, Ynet reported.

The knife used to stab and lightly injure an Israeli at the West Bank Gush Etzion Junction on December 01, 2014. (photo credit: Gershon Elinson/FLASH90)
The knife used to stab and lightly injure an Israeli at the West Bank Gush Etzion Junction on December 01, 2014. (photo credit: Gershon Elinson/FLASH90)

The attack was near the site of a number of a previous terror attacks over recent months. The IDF recently bolstered its presence at the busy junction in the wake of the assaults.

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