Palestinian teen shot trying to stab Israeli in West Bank
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Palestinian teen shot trying to stab Israeli in West Bank

Attacker, a 16-year-old girl, evacuated to Jerusalem hospital in moderate condition after incident in Kiryat Arba

File: Security forces attend the scene of an attempted stabbing by a Palestinian teen in the West Bank settlement of Kiryat Arba on December 13, 2015 (screen capture)
File: Security forces attend the scene of an attempted stabbing by a Palestinian teen in the West Bank settlement of Kiryat Arba on December 13, 2015 (screen capture)

A Palestinian teenage girl was shot Sunday as she tried to stab an Israeli in the settlement of Kiryat Arba, next to the West Bank city of Hebron, security forces said.

IDF soldiers at the scene fired on the suspected assailant, wounding her moderately to seriously. No Israelis were reported injured in the incident.

“A stabbing attempt was thwarted,” the IDF said in a statement.

The attacker was taken by paramedics to Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem’s Ein Kerem neighborhood for treatment. She was named by Palestinian sources as 16-year-old Lama al-Bakhri, from Hebron.

Video footage from the scene showed IDF soldiers placing her on a gurney and wheeling her to an ambulance.

The attack was the first since Friday, when two Palestinians were reported killed in clashes with the IDF in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip following weekly prayers.

One man was killed during violent protests north of Hebron, according to Palestinian media. Meanwhile officials in the Gaza Strip said a second man was killed by Israeli troops in a clash along the security fence. Media reports identified the Hebron man as 21-year-old Oday Irsheid, the brother of a 17-year-old Palestinian girl who was killed in October after security officials said she pulled a knife at troops in Hebron. Palestinian witnesses have claimed she was unarmed and was shot without provocation.

The army said Irsheid died during a riot in which hundreds of Palestinians attacked forces by hurling stones and firebombs and rolling burning tires toward troops. The military said forces tried to disperse the riot with nonlethal means before firing “toward inciting characters.”

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