Female soldier wounded in Bethlehem stabbing attack
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Female soldier wounded in Bethlehem stabbing attack

Soldier in moderate-to-serious condition; female stabber arrested; earlier, Palestinian teen caught with assault rifle at checkpoint into Jerusalem

Emergency personnel at the scene of a stabbing attack in Jerusalem on June 29, 2015.  (Magen David Adom)
Emergency personnel at the scene of a stabbing attack in Jerusalem on June 29, 2015. (Magen David Adom)

A female Israel Defense Forces soldier sustained moderate to serious wounds Monday morning in a stabbing attack at around 11 a.m. at a checkpoint between Jerusalem and the West Bank city of Bethlehem.

Her female attacker was detained and questioned at the site of the attack. Police said that two more knives had been found in her bag.

The 20-year-old victim was evacuated to Hadassah Medical Center, Ein Kerem, in Jerusalem.

The Magen David Adom emergency service said that the victim was conscious following the attack and was suffering from stab wounds to the upper part of her body. The Ynet news site reported that she had sustained wounds to her neck.

Prof. Yoram Weiss of Hadassah later told Israel Radio that her wounds were less serious than had initially been thought, and that she did not need major surgery.

Weiss said that the soldier would be sedated for the coming hours, perhaps even until Tuesday morning.

Palestinian media reported early Monday afternoon that Israel Defense Forces troops were raiding the Bethlehem home of the assailant.

Israel Radio later named her as Misun Moussa, a 20-year-old Bethlehem resident who had not been known to Israeli security forces prior to the attack. She has been handed over to the Shin Bet security service for questioning, the radio said.

Earlier Monday at a different Jerusalem checkpoint, a Border Police officer stopped a Palestinian teenager armed with an assault rifle from entering Israeli territory on the outskirts of the capital.

The 15-year-old, with the weapon hidden under his clothes, tried to pass through an Israeli checkpoint located outside the Shuafat refugee camp, just north of the capital.

The Border Police officer who was manning a metal detector at the checkpoint asked the teen to pass through the security check a second time, after the detector indicated the presence of a metallic object on his person.

When a second inspection also showed the presence of a metal object, the officer asked the youth to remove his shirt, revealing a sub-machine gun.

The youth was taken into police custody for investigation.

The checkpoint’s commander praised the officer for his alertness, adding that Israel’s security forces are determined to prevent terror attacks and the illegal entry of Palestinians into Israel.

“We are witnessing repeated attempts to harm our troops. Our soldiers are trained to deal with scenarios exactly like this one. Thankfully, we were able to prevent [an attack], before [it occurred],” Corporal Taliah Amer told the NRG news site.

This past year has seen a rising number of attacks by individual Palestinians against Israeli civilians, including shooting attacks, stabbings and vehicular attacks.

The IDF is on particularly high alert this month due to the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which usually ushers in a spike in violent incidents.

On Sunday, the IDF arrested a Palestinian woman who allegedly attempted to enter Israel from the northern West Bank city of Qalqilya with a shotgun concealed on her back.

Earlier this month, an Israeli man was killed and another was wounded in a shooting attack near the settlement of Dolev, northwest of Jerusalem. A Palestinian group claiming affiliation with Hamas took responsibility for the attack.

Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

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