Diplomacy & defense

Israeli security forces stand guard at the site of a car ramming attack at the Huwara checkpoint near the West Bank city of Nablus, on December 26, 2015
The attacker, a 14-year-old girl, was arrested

The Israeli army on Thursday sealed off Nablus, a major Palestinian city in the northern West Bank, following a stabbing attack in the West Bank on Wednesday night, according to Ma'an.

Citing the Palestinian military liaison office, Ma'an reported that two nearby Palestinian villages had also been closed off.

Earlier on Thursday a police officer was lightly wounded in a stabbing attack in the Jordan Valley on Thursday morning while directing traffic. The attacker stabbed the officer in the shoulder, after which she was arrested and taken into custody.

Israeli Police said the alleged assailant was 14 years old, although Palestinian sources put her age at 16.

The attack took place along Route 90 next to the Palestinian village of Uja, near Jericho in the east of the West Bank.

Overnight on Wednesday, another police officer was lightly wounded when shots were fired towards a police car at Rachelim Junction near Ariel in the central West Bank, the Israel Police announced Thursday morning.

The officer was treated at the scene and security forces are currently searching for the perpetrators.

In the attack that led to the alleged closure imposed on Nablus, two Israeli soldiers were lightly wounded Wednesday night when two assailants stabbed them in the settlement of Har Bracha in the West Bank.

Jaafar Ashtiyeh (AFP/File)

Initial reports suggested that the assailants stole the guns of two soldiers; however, the guns were later found at the entrance to the settlement.

Israeli army forces were searching the area in an attempt to find the assailants.

Earlier on Wednesday, two Palestinians were killed by Israeli troops after infiltrating a West Bank settlement and wounding a settler, the military said.


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  • Michael Farmer
    March 06th 2016 - 10:03pm

    Neil Gordon - "Ok Michael, so attempted murder is ok then... Stabbing someone unprovoked is ok then... Oh wait, it's ok when the victims are Israeli. "

    You missed .. or avoided , my point to James that it obviously wasn't cowardice. It was indeed an attack, provoked by the continuing illegal occupation of her land and against an occupying Israeli soldier.

  • James Spackman
    March 04th 2016 - 01:41pm

    Mr Farmer, the jew hating bigot deletes anything he does not agree with..This is the fourth comment I have posted on here.. He stated that the female in question is a minor..Is that according to Israeli law Michael? or Muslim Sharia law.
    Because as you know in Islam a girl becomes a woman as soon as she reaches puberty...So as you so often state on here. Israeli laws do not count on here as "Palestine" is a country with it's own laws.. As muslims live by the law of the Koran, this female is not a minor...
    She was big enough, and mature enough to stab a jew with the intention of killing him..
    So is she a minor Mr Farmer?
    In my opinion she is an attempted murderess, and should be dealt with accordingly..She is lucky she was not shot dead.
    In any country an attempted stabbing by a terrorist would be a legitimate target to be shot dead..
    I personally would have shot her...SHE WAS A COWARD, sneaking up on a jew who was directing traffic.
    Mr Farmer how many jews have stabbed or attempted to kill muslims in the streets of Israel?
    This female was according to "palestinian?" reports..16 years old..not a minor even by sharia law..
    I mean according to Sharia law these female muslims can marry at 6 years old...true or not true Mr Farmer...easy as taking sweets of a minor LOL.

  • Neil Gordon
    March 04th 2016 - 12:31pm

    Ok Michael, so attempted murder is ok then... Stabbing someone unprovoked is ok then... Oh wait, it's ok when the victims are Israeli.

  • Michael Farmer
    March 03rd 2016 - 01:23pm

    So, an occupied female minor(in her own land) armed only with a knife attacks an armed occupying Israeli soldier ... and James calls her cowardly? Was he blindfolded with wrist ties?

  • James Spackman
    March 03rd 2016 - 10:25am

    Hunt them down like the cowardly dogs they are, then shoot them on sight.