Palestinian woman tries to stab soldiers, is shot dead — IDF
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Palestinian woman tries to stab soldiers, is shot dead — IDF

No troops injured in incident at an army outpost near the West Bank city of Nablus

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

File. Israeli soldiers patrol a street, east of the West Bank city of Nablus, on October 3, 2015, as they search for the suspected Palestinian killers of Israeli couple Eitam and Naama Henkin. (AFP PHOTO/JAAFAR ASHTIYEH)
File. Israeli soldiers patrol a street, east of the West Bank city of Nablus, on October 3, 2015, as they search for the suspected Palestinian killers of Israeli couple Eitam and Naama Henkin. (AFP PHOTO/JAAFAR ASHTIYEH)

A Palestinian woman approached a military outpost in the West Bank Thursday and attempted to stab a group of soldiers. The troops opened fire and shot her dead, the army said.

According to the Israel Defense Forces, the woman tried to attack the soldiers who were stationed at a pillbox-style guard post near the Einav settlement, northwest of the Palestinian city of Nablus.

Forces at the scene “responded to the immediate threat by shooting the attacker and killing her,” the IDF said in a statement.

No Israeli soldiers were injured.

It was not immediately clear how the woman attempted to stab the soldiers if they were inside the post’s concrete guard tower when she approached, and the IDF was still investigating the incident to determine what exactly happened, a spokesperson said.

The Palestinian woman’s name and age were not immediately released.

On Monday, a 19-year-old Palestinian stabbed and lightly injured an IDF soldier with a screwdriver in Tel Aviv.

After nearly six months of regular stabbing attacks in the West Bank and Israel, the past two months have seen a marked decrease in the number of such incidents.

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