Israeli soldier stabbed at Qalandiya checkpoint
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Israeli soldier stabbed at Qalandiya checkpoint

Palestinian woman takes out knife, attacks female officer before being subdued by other security personnel at West Bank crossing

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

Medics arrive on the scene to treat a female security guard who was stabbed near the Qalandiya crossing in the central West Bank on April 24, 2017. (Magen David Adom)
Medics arrive on the scene to treat a female security guard who was stabbed near the Qalandiya crossing in the central West Bank on April 24, 2017. (Magen David Adom)

A Palestinian woman stabbed and lightly wounded a female soldier at the Qalandiya checkpoint in the West Bank on Monday morning, police said.

Shortly before 7 a.m., a Palestinian woman approached the soldier, a non-commissioned officer in the Defense Ministry’s West Bank crossings unit, saying she wanted to “ask a question.” Once next to the soldier, the woman “took a knife out of her bag, ran at the security officer quickly and stabbed her” in the shoulder, police said.

Other security personnel in the area quickly pounced on the Palestinian assailant, subduing her, according to police.

There were no reports of gunfire used in the arrest.

The knife used to stab a female security guard near the Qalandiya crossing in the central West Bank on April 24, 2017. (Israel Police)
The knife used to stab a female security guard near the Qalandiya crossing in the central West Bank on April 24, 2017. (Israel Police)

Medics treated the victim on the scene before taking her to Jerusalem’s Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem, according to the Magen David Adom ambulance service.

The victim is 28 years old, according to the hospital.

The Defense Ministry’s Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) identified the victim as a non-commissioned officer who helped oversee the checkpoint.

According to the Shin Bet, her assailant is 41 years old, from the Ramallah area. She was placed under arrest and brought in for questioning.

On Sunday afternoon, a Palestinian teenager attacked four Israelis, including a man in his 70s, with a pair of wire-cutters in a Tel Aviv hotel.

The four victims were lightly wounded and treated at the scene by medics before being taken to Ichilov Hospital, according to the Magen David Adom ambulance service.

The Palestinian terrorist entered Israel with a one-day permit as part of a coexistence tour. Following the attack, COGAT froze all daily permits in order to investigate the incident.

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