Dashcam captures attempted Palestinian stabbing attack
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Dashcam captures attempted Palestinian stabbing attack

Graphic footage shows woman trying to knife 2 Israeli soldiers near West Bank city of Ariel before being shot in stomach

A video released Tuesday evening captures the moment a Palestinian woman attempted to stab Israeli soldiers at a bus stop near the West Bank settlement of Ariel earlier in the day.

The dashcam footage recorded by a driver passing shows a young woman in a hijab approach the soldiers with a knife behind her back. As she raises the blade above her head, the soldiers back away with their weapons drawn.

The woman continues to walk towards them with the knife drawn for several meters before she is shot in the abdomen by the soldiers.

While grainy footage of attacks are often caught on security cameras, the video captured Tuesday is unique in both being clearly visible and seemingly showing the attack from beginning to end.

The attacker, whose identity was not immediately known, received medical treatment at the scene before being taken to a nearby hospital for further treatment, a military spokesperson said.

She was in serious condition, according to Channel 2.

None of the soldiers was hurt in the incident.

The incident occurred at the Gitai interchange outside of Ariel in the northern West Bank.

A Palestinian woman bleeds on the floor of a bus stop outside of Ariel in the West Bank after she was shot while allegedly trying to stab IDF soldiers on July 5, 2016. (Screen capture: Dina Cohen)
A Palestinian woman bleeds on the floor of a bus stop outside of Ariel in the West Bank after she was shot while allegedly trying to stab IDF soldiers on July 5, 2016. (Screen capture: Dina Cohen)

After a few months of comparative calm, a rash of terror attacks have taken place in the West Bank and Israel proper in recent weeks.

Last Friday, Rabbi Miki Mark was killed when his car was shot up outside of Hebron, in an attack that also left his wife and two children injured.

The day before, a 17-year-old Palestinian broke into the Kiryat Arba settlement and stabbed to death 13-year-old Hallel Yaffa Ariel as she slept in her bed.

In response, the IDF has set up a closure on Hebron — the most populous city in the West Bank — and on Bani Na’im, the hometown of several terrorists.

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