Pregnant woman moderately wounded in Tekoa stabbing

IDF soldiers near the scene of a stabbing attack in the West Bank settlement of Tekoa on Monday, January 18, 2016 (Josh Davidovich/The Times of Israel


WRITERS:Judah Ari Gross

A Palestinian terrorist on Monday stabbed a woman in the settlement of Tekoa, southeast of Jerusalem in the West Bank, moderately injuring her.

The stabber was shot by security forces after fleeing the scene, outside a clothing warehouse in the community. Although the IDF initially said he was dead, the army later amended its statement, saying he was being evacuated to a hospital for treatment.

Magen David Adom paramedics reported they were called to treat the injured woman, said to be in her 30s, who suffered from wounds to her upper body.

A clothing warehouse where a woman was stabbed in the settlement of Tekoa on Monday, January 18, 2016 (Joshua Davidovich/The Times of Israel)

A clothing warehouse where a woman was stabbed in the settlement of Tekoa on Monday, January 18, 2016 (Joshua Davidovich/The Times of Israel)

“On one of the streets in the settlement, we saw an approximately 30-year-old woman sitting in a car,” MDA paramedic Yoni Silman said. “She was fully conscious, after having been stabbed on the street.

“People put her into the car as she suffered from stab wounds to the upper body,” he continued. “We put her in the ambulance and gave her medical treatment. She was in moderate and stable condition.”

The victim, who is reportedly pregnant, was evacuated to the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem for further treatment. Her condition was initially described as “serious.”

After stabbing the woman, the terrorist fled the scene and was shot dead by security forces next to a nearby horse farm.

Reports said he was about 18 years old, and a resident of nearby Bethlehem.

In what appeared to be a precautionary move, Tekoa residents were instructed to remain in their homes and lock the door until further notice.

In a text message, the settlement also told residents who employed Palestinian workers to take them out of the community.

“In light of a situational assessment and following recent terror attacks, security measures have been taken in the communities in the Etzion Bloc and all Palestinian workers have been instructed to leave the communities by the Etzion Regional Brigade commander Col. Roman Gofman,” an IDF spokesperson told The Times of Israel.

There were no indications that the terrorist had been a laborer in the settlement.

The stabbing came a day after a Palestinian terrorist stabbed to death a woman in her home in the Otniel settlement, south of Hebron. The assailant fled and a massive manhunt has been underway to apprehend him.

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