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Palestinian woman nabbed in outpost; settlers say she tried to stab woman

No injuries reported in the incident; IDF says knife recovered from the scene, which comes a month after an alleged attack at the farm

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

The view of the Sdeh Efraim Farm outpost from the West Bank village of Ras Karkar on February 11, 2021. (Judah Ari Gross/Times of Israel)
The view of the Sdeh Efraim Farm outpost from the West Bank village of Ras Karkar on February 11, 2021. (Judah Ari Gross/Times of Israel)

A Palestinian woman was arrested Monday after she entered an illegal agricultural outpost in the central West Bank and allegedly tried to stab the wife of the farm owner, the military said.

“A report was received from residents of Sdeh Efraim Farm that a short while ago an assailant entered the farm… and tried to stab the farm owner’s wife with a knife,” the Israel Defense Forces said.

Residents of the outpost subdued the Palestinian woman, without seriously injuring her, and handed her over to IDF troops who arrived at the scene.

The military said a knife was recovered.

According to a local resident who spoke to The Times of Israel, the woman is said to be named Anhar al-Deek and came from the nearby village of Ni’ma. The official WAFA news agency reported that al-Deek was 25 years old and had one young child.

Last month, in an apparently unrelated incident, an unarmed Palestinian man from the next-door village of Ras Karkar entered Sdeh Efraim Farm in the predawn hours of February 5 and was shot to death after an altercation with residents of the outpost. Israeli authorities termed the incident a terror attack based on the testimony of Eitan Ze’ev, who runs the farm and is awaiting trial for shooting a Palestinian man at another outpost.

Monday’s incident came hours after the military said a Palestinian man tried to stab a soldier as his unit was conducting an arrest raid in the northern West Bank village of Tubas.

The soldier was lightly wounded in the exchange but succeeded in pushing his attacker back, allowing his commander to open fire, shooting and injuring the assailant.

Aaron Boxerman contributed to this report. 

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