An Israeli woman in her thirties was murdered in a stabbing attack adjacent to Otniel, a town in the southern Har Chevron region of Judea.
The woman, aged around 40, was critically wounded and succumbed to her wounds shortly after.
The Arab terrorist who carried out the attack succeeded in fleeing the scene. Security forces are currently pursuing the terrorist, aided by a helicopter, and residents of the town have been asked to stay in their homes during the manhunt.
Noam Bar, a senior Magen David Adom (MDA) paramedic, said, “the sight was difficult, we saw an unconscious woman aged around 40, who was not breathing and had no pulse.”
“She suffered from stab wounds to her upper body; we performed continued resuscitation but in the end we were forced to pronounce her death,” said Bar.
The attack comes just minutes after a stabbing was thwarted at the western gate of Kiryat Arba, which leads to Chevron. In that incident, a female Arab terrorist was apprehended with a knife in her handbag before she was able to inflict any wounds.
That thwarted stabbing was the third of the day; earlier an Arab terrorist attempted to carry out a stabbing attack at the Samaria Regional Brigade Junction in Samaria (also known as Bahad 3), but was shot dead by soldiers before he was able to harm anyone.
Before that attempt, a potentially major serious attack was thwarted outside a Jerusalem synagogue, as three Arab youths were arrested after having been found armed with knives outside the Heichal Yaakov synagogue in Kiryat Moshe.
The three are believed to have planned to carry out an attack on the synagogue as it was packed with worshipers attending morning prayers.