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Terror victim exits surgery after knife removed from back

Doctors to assess damage to spine of woman stabbed outside West Bank supermarket

Illustrative photo of an operating room. (Nati Shohat/Flash90)
Illustrative photo of an operating room. (Nati Shohat/Flash90)

An Israeli woman stabbed in the back in the West Bank on Wednesday afternoon underwent succesful surgery overnight to remove the knife from her spine.

The woman was in moderate condition after the attack, which occurred outside the Rami Levy supermarket at Etzion Junction.

Following the surgery, doctors were preparing to scan the patient to assess the damage caused by the knife.

The Palestinian attacker fled the scene after the stabbing, but was caught and subdued by police.

“When I arrived to the scene, I saw an approximately 40-year-old woman sitting in her vehicle,” MDA paramedic Wally Wolfstahl said. “She was fully conscious and suffering from a stab wound to the upper body. People on the scene told me they put her in the vehicle after she was stabbed by a terrorist.”

“We gave her medical care with the help of IDF medics that arrived on the scene. After giving her first aid in the field, we sent her to the hospital. She is in moderate and stable condition,” he said.

Israeli soldiers and rescue personnel outside Rami Levy supermarket in the Etzion Bloc in the West Bank, where a Palestinian attacker stabbed an Israeli woman in the back. She was brought to the hospital with moderate injuries. October 28, 2015. (Photo by Gershon Elinsonl/Flash90)
Israeli soldiers and rescue personnel outside Rami Levy supermarket in the Etzion Bloc in the West Bank, where a Palestinian attacker stabbed an Israeli woman in the back. She was brought to the hospital with moderate injuries. October 28, 2015. (Photo by Gershon Elinsonl/Flash90)

In a separate incident earlier Wednesday, a Palestinian man who attempted to stab an Israeli soldier in the Tel Rumeida area of the West Bank city of Hebron was shot dead by security forces.

The attempted stabbing took place near the Tomb of the Patriarchs holy site, the scene of several stabbing attacks in recent weeks. According to the IDF, the attacker drew a knife and tried to stab soldiers guarding the Gilbert checkpoint.

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