Palestinian woman stabs, lightly wounds IDF soldier in West Bank
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Palestinian woman stabs, lightly wounds IDF soldier in West Bank

Assailant pulls knife at Shaked checkpoint, is overpowered by security forces; female soldier suffers mild injury

Israeli security forces stand guard at the Gilboa/J alama checkpoint, located north of the West Bank town of Jenin on October 24, 2015. (Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP)
Israeli security forces stand guard at the Gilboa/J alama checkpoint, located north of the West Bank town of Jenin on October 24, 2015. (Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP)

A Palestinian assailant was arrested Sunday evening after she stabbed and lightly injured a female soldier at a checkpoint in the northern West Bank, Israeli officials said.

The Palestinian woman emerged from a car at a checkpoint near the settlement of Shaked, west of Jenin, then pulled a knife out and lunged at the soldiers, the army said.

The troops at the scene subdued the attacker and placed her under arrest, without the use of force. The wounded soldier, who suffered a very mild injury to the shoulder, was treated at the scene.

The assailant was taken for questioning by security forces.

On Thursday, a Palestinian man stabbed an Israeli with a screwdriver in East Jerusalem. The victim was moderately hurt, with several stab wounds in his upper body, according to the Magen David Adom rescue service.

The suspected attacker, reportedly a Palestinian, fled on foot.

Since October, 35 Israelis and four foreign nationals have been killed in a wave of Palestinian stabbing, car-ramming, and shooting attacks. At least 214 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli security forces in the same period, some two-thirds of them while carrying out attacks against Israelis, and the rest during clashes with troops, mostly in the West Bank, the IDF says.

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