IDF moves in on Kiryat Arba terrorist’s hometown after deadly attack
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IDF moves in on Kiryat Arba terrorist’s hometown after deadly attack

Netanyahu, Liberman order work permits revoked for stabber’s relatives after Palestinian teen kills 13-year-old girl, call for rapid demolition of his family’s home

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

Israeli soldiers set up a checkpoint at the entrance to the Kiryat Arba settlement in the West Bank on June 30, 2016, after a Palestinian teenager stabbed and killed a 13-year-old Israeli girl there. (Wisam Hashlamoun/Flash90)
Israeli soldiers set up a checkpoint at the entrance to the Kiryat Arba settlement in the West Bank on June 30, 2016, after a Palestinian teenager stabbed and killed a 13-year-old Israeli girl there. (Wisam Hashlamoun/Flash90)

The Israel Defense Forces closed off the Palestinian village of Bani Na’im Thursday, hours after a Palestinian from the town stabbed and killed a 13-year-old Israeli girl in the nearby settlement of Kiryat Arba, a spokesperson said.

On Thursday morning, 17-year-old Muhammad Nasser Tarayrah sneaked into the West Bank settlement. He broke into the home of the victim, Hallel Yaffe Ariel, and stabbed her repeatedly. A 31-year-old man from the settlement’s emergency response team was also wounded in the terror attack.

Tarayrah was shot and killed, according to the IDF.

Following the incident, Israeli forces entered Bani Na’im and visited the terrorist’s home “in order to investigate,” the army said in a statement.

According to Palestinian media reports, Tarayrah’s father was arrested by IDF troops.

The army announced it was enforcing an open-ended closure on the Palestinian village, which is home to more than 20,000 residents, beginning Thursday afternoon.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman also announced they would revoke the work permits of Tarayrah’s extended family and “the home of the terrorist would enter the process of being approved for demolition,” they said in a joint statement.

Hallel Yaffa Ariel, 13, was killed in a stabbing attack in her bedroom in the West Bank settlement of Kiryat Arba, June 30, 2016. (Courtesy)
Hallel Yaffa Ariel, 13, was killed in a stabbing attack in her bedroom in the West Bank settlement of Kiryat Arba, June 30, 2016. (Courtesy)

“This appalling murder of an innocent girl in her bed displays the lust for murder and inhumanity of the terrorists who are drenched in incitement whom we have to face,” the prime minister added.

Bani Na’im is the hometown of a number of Palestinians who have carried out attacks.

Tarayrah’s cousin, Yussef Walid Tarayrah, who also lived in the village, carried out a car-ramming attack on Israeli soldiers in March, lightly wounding one.

Hallel (left) and Rina Ariel (Courtesy)
Hallel (left) and Rina Ariel (Courtesy)

And last Friday, Majd al-Khudur, a resident of the town, plowed her car into an Israeli couple’s vehicle outside of Kiryat Arba, lightly wounding them.

Following the Thursday morning stabbing attack, the 13-year-old victim was rushed to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem unconscious, not breathing and in critical condition, where doctors said they were unable to save her.

It appears the male victim, a civilian guard responding to the attack, was accidentally shot by other guards in an effort to neutralize the attacker, according to initial reports.

ZAKA volunteers at the scene of a terror attack in Kiryat Arba, on June 30, 2016, in which a 13-year-old girl was stabbed to death in her bedroom. (Nati Shapira)
ZAKA volunteers at the scene of a terror attack in Kiryat Arba, on June 30, 2016, in which a 13-year-old girl was stabbed to death in her bedroom. (Nati Shapira)

He was hit in the upper body and the leg. He was in moderate condition when he was brought to the hospital, and there was no immediate threat to life, according to his doctor, Prof. Avi Rivkind.

Local officials said the home lies on the edge ofn the Ramat Mamre neighborhood, adjacent to a fence surrounding the settlement. A graphic picture released by the IDF showed the bedroom with blood smeared on beds and the floor.

According to an initial account, the attacker jumped the fence — a breach that sent an alert to the IDF and civilian security guards in the area — and broke into the girl’s bedroom.

Israeli soldiers patrol the area around the entrance to the Kiryat Arba settlement in the West Bank on June 30, 2016, after a Palestinian teenager stabbed and killed a 13-year-old Israeli girl there. (Wisam Hashlamoun/Flash90)
Israeli soldiers patrol the area around the entrance to the Kiryat Arba settlement in the West Bank on June 30, 2016, after a Palestinian teenager stabbed and killed a 13-year-old Israeli girl there. (Wisam Hashlamoun/Flash90)

Forces searching for the cause of the breach heard screams coming from the house and raced in to find the girl with multiple stab wounds in her bed, according to Channel 10.

The girl’s father and other guards fired shots at the attacker, killing him, and also wounding the responding guard.

A paramedic who arrived at the scene said he found the girl and the man lying on the ground.

“The girl was unconscious, without a pulse and not breathing. She had a number of penetrating wounds on her upper body. We loaded her onto the ambulance while performing CPR. Her condition was very serious. The second victim we loaded into the ambulance and gave him life-saving first aid. He was fully conscious, speaking with us throughout the ride [to the hospital],” said Magen David Adom medic Devora Aviad.

MDA said the wife of the injured man is a volunteer paramedic and helped treat her husband’s wounds.

ZAKA volunteer in Kiryat Arba David Edrai said: “To our great sadness, we find ourselves time after time treating people from our own community, people we know – and it breaks our heart. We carry out our sacred work with enormous pain and difficulties.”

ZAKA volunteers arrive at the scene of a terror attack in Kiryat Arba, on June 30, 2016, in which a 13-year-old girl was stabbed to death. (Nati Shapira)
ZAKA volunteers arrive at the scene of a terror attack in Kiryat Arba, on June 30, 2016, in which a 13-year-old girl was stabbed to death. (Nati Shapira)

 

A local government council statement said all Arab workers in the area had been removed from the settlement following the attack.

Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

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