Israeli security forces shot a Palestinian woman brandishing a knife who tried to carry out a stabbing attack at the Gush Etzion Junction in the West Bank, south of Jerusalem, the Israel Defense Forces said Sunday.
The woman, reportedly a 60-year-old resident of the nearby village of Husan, approached a group of soldiers with a knife in her hand and tried to stab the troops, the military said.
A soldier shot her in the leg, and she was taken to Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center in critical condition, according to the United Hatzalah medical organization.
There were no casualties among the soldiers, the IDF said.
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An IDF statement said that: “A terrorist armed with a knife arrived at the Gush Etzion Junction and tried to stab IDF fighters who were at the spot. A fighter initiated rules of engagement protocol that included gunshots toward the terrorist, who was neutralized.”
The Gush Etzion Junction has been the scene of many Palestinian attacks in recent years, most recently on January 31, when Israeli soldiers shot dead a Palestinian man who attempted to stab a soldier with a makeshift spear.