Palestinian woman stabs Israeli at Gush Etzion junction


JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Palestinian woman who stabbed an Israeli man at the main junction in Gush Etzion was shot by Israeli security forces.

The victim in Monday’s West Bank attack was lightly injured. The alleged attacker reportedly used a small steak knife as a weapon.

After being shot, the assailant was taken to the Hadassah University Medical Center in Ein Kerem and was in serious condition, The Jerusalem Post reported.

The Gush Etzion area is where an Israeli woman, Dalia Lemkus, was stabbed to death in November and a Palestinian man drove his vehicle into three soldiers waiting for rides. Also, three Israeli teens were abducted in June from there and later killed.

Monday’s attacker was identified as Amal Taqatqa, 22, of Beit Fajjar, a Palestinian village located south of Bethlehem and near Gush Etzion. The Palestinian Maan news agency reported that in 2011, Taqatqa tried to stab a soldier at the same junction. Her family said at the time that she was mentally ill, and Israel and the Palestinians coordinated her release to their custody.

Following the incident, the family home was searched, according to Maan.

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