Palestinian girl tries to stab guard in West Bank, is killed
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Palestinian girl tries to stab guard in West Bank, is killed

Initial probe shows that 13-year-old fought with her parents before running away, declaring that she wanted to die

Israeli security forces attend the scene of an attempted stabbing outside the West Bank settlement of Anatot on January 23, 2016, in which the 13-year-old Palestinian girl trying to carry out the attack was shot dead. (Photo: Israel Police)
Israeli security forces attend the scene of an attempted stabbing outside the West Bank settlement of Anatot on January 23, 2016, in which the 13-year-old Palestinian girl trying to carry out the attack was shot dead. (Photo: Israel Police)

A Border Police officer shot dead a Palestinian teenager who tried to stab him as he guarded the entrance to a West Bank settlement on Saturday morning.

The girl, 13, approached the entrance to Anatot, near Jerusalem, brandishing a knife, and attempted to stab the policeman as he went to speak to her, the Walla website reported. There were no Israeli injuries in the incident.

“A 13-year-old Palestinian girl with a knife in her hand ran toward the civilian security guard at Anatot,” police spokeswoman Luba Samri said. “The guard opened fire, gravely wounding her and medics pronounced her dead shortly afterward.”

Israel Police said later that an initial investigation showed the girl, from the nearby village of Anata, had fought with her parents and stormed out the family home with the knife, declaring that she wanted to die.

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The girl’s father went out to look for her and came across the scene at the entrance to Anatot. The father was taken in for questioning, the police said.

At least 29 Israelis and some 150 Palestinians, most of them attackers, have been killed in the latest spate of terrorism and violence in recent months, which has included Palestinian stabbing, car-ramming and shooting attacks in Israel and the West Bank.

The head of the Palestinian domestic intelligence body said this week that the Palestinian Authority has prevented 200 attacks against Israelis in the current wave of violence, which began in October.

Majed Faraj, director of the PA’s General Intelligence Service, told Defense News in an interview published Wednesday that Palestinian security services have also confiscated weapons and arrested some 100 Palestinians in the effort to prevent the attacks.

“We are sure that violence, radicalization and terrorism will hurt us. It won’t bring us closer to achieving our dream of a Palestinian state,” Faraj told the magazine in what he said was his first media interview.

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