was shot dead on Saturday after stabbing an Israeli soldier and a Palestinian bystander near the Ibrahimi Mosque in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron.
A witness told Ma’an
that the young woman stabbed and lightly injured a soldier at a
checkpoint near the mosque before she was shot by Israeli forces
stationed on site.An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed
the attack to Ma’an, saying that “an assailant drew a knife on a soldier
guarding the Tomb of Patriarchs,” referring to the Ibrahimi Mosque.
A Palestinian at the site of the attack was also stabbed by the young woman. A
witness told Ma’an that a Palestinian attempted to grab the young woman
after she stabbed the soldier, in what the witness believed to be an
attempt to protect the woman from getting shot.The woman
then stabbed the man in the waist after he grabbed her, the witnesses
said, adding that he believed the young woman may have mistaken the man
for an Israeli settler.The Israeli army for their part
said: “During an attempt to stab the soldier, the attacker stabbed a
Palestinian who tried to intervene,” confirming that the soldier had
been lightly wounded.
The Palestinian Ministry of Health
identified the Palestinian killed as Kilzar Muhammad Abd al-Halim Azmi
al-Eweiei, from Hebron city. Relatives told Ma'an the teen was 18 years
old. Her body was handed over by the Israeli authorities hours after she
was killed.The injured bystander was identified as
52-year-old Abed al-Rajabi, who was transferred to the Shaare Zedek
Medical Center for treatment.Witnesses said the area was closed by Israeli forces following the suspected attack.