Hallel Yaffa Ariel, a 13-year-old Israeli girl, has died of her wounds after a terrorist broke into her house in Kiryat Arba and stabbed her in her bed Thursday morning.
The Palestinian terrorist climbed over the security fence surrounding the Harsanina neighborhood, infiltrated one of the houses located just yards away from the fence, and stabbed Ariel, critically wounding her. The girl suffered from stab wounds all across her upper body, and was evacuated to the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem where she later died of her wounds.
He then attempted to stab a 31-year-old man who is a part of the of settlement's civil security squad. The man was able to shoot the terrorist to death.
The man is suffering from bullet shrapnel to his upper body and legs. He was evacuated to Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem's Ein Kerem.
The settlement's civil security squad was sent to the scene of the attack after the IDF's surveillance and observation systems identified the terrorist crossing the fence. It was then that the terrorist attacked one of its members, and was then gunned down.
The terrorist was identified as 17-year-old Mohammed Taraireh from the village of Bani Na'im, near Kiryat Arba.
He is a relative of the man who carried out a car ramming attack in Kiryat Arba in March.
Yael Kabiliv, aunt of the murdered girl, said following the attack, "I have a lot to say to the Prime Minister, and it's worth it for him to listen. Today its this house, tomorrow, some other house, Take these things into your hands and pull yourself together."
Head of the Kiryat Arba regional council Malachi Levinger said "We are very hurt by this situation. This is a well known family in town. This is an unusual event – it's been a long time since someone has infiltrated into our settlement. It's a tough event, but it won't break us."
President Reuven Rivlin, speaking Thursday at the graduation ceremony for the graduates of the Israeli Air Force's Pilot Training Course at the Hazerim Air-Force base, addressed the incident. "On behalf of the people of Israel, I send my condolences to the family at this difficult time, and offer strength to all the residents of Kiryat Arba. This terror by teenagers, incited by an education of blood libels given by their leaders must be stopped. We will fight it to the bitter end, firmly and without compromise.
"We will uproot the terrorists and those who dispatch them. We will insist on continuing to build our lives here, without terror, with the continuing commitment to cement our national home, and strengthen Israel. There is a a long and demanding road ahead."
The US State Department condemned the attack "in the strongest possible terms."
"This brutal act of terrorism is simply unconscionable. We extend our deepest condolences to her family," a statement issued by Spokseman John Kirby said.
"We also understand another individual who was responding to the attack was wounded by the attacker. We extend our hopes for a quick and full recovery."