Dressed in a light pink tunic and jeans a young female Palestinian assailant attempted to stab two soldiers and a civilian on Tuesday evening.
A video of the attack was posted on YouTube. It was shot from a vehicle that passed the site of the attack, a bus stop at the Gitai Avisar junction near the West Bank city of Ariel.
The young woman held her hand up and clenched a knife. She walked slowly in the direction of two soldiers who had their rifles drawn.
As she moved forward, one step at time, they walked backward. She moved closer to them and seemed almost about to lunge at them, when they shot her.
The woman fell to the ground, in the middle of the bus stop, and then rolled for a second on the pavement.
No one else was wounded. The attacker was transferred to Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva, where she was in serious but stable condition.
“This could have ended in a tragedy,” said Samaria Regional Council head Yossi Dagan, who called on the government to restrict the movement of Palestinians on the roads in Judea and Samaria.
Ariel Mayor Eliyahu Shaviro thanked the security forces. “Their determination prevented injury to both soldiers and citizens alike.”
Shaviro added that the attack “will not break our spirit. This is our national homeland and we will remain here forever. Our answer to those who are attempting to hurt us is a combination of the uncompromising fight of security forces and support of the settlement of all areas of the State of Israel, including the areas of Judea and Samaria.”
The incident came after two Israelis were killed in terrorist attacks in the West Bank last week.
On Thursday, Muhammad Tarayrah, 17, murdered teenager Hallel Yaffa Ariel while she slept in her home in Kiryat Arba. And, on Friday, Rabbi Michael “Miki” Mark, 47, a father of 10 and the director-general of the Otniel Yeshiva, was killed by a Palestinian gunmen as he drove on Route 60 in the South Hebron Hills.
His wife and two of their children, ages 14 and 15 were wounded in the incident. Both teenagers have been released from the hospital.
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