A terrorist attempted to stab a soldier at a bus station on Route 5 near Ariel in Samaria on Tuesday night, shortly after 5:30. The IDF soldier that the terrorist was attempting to stab shot her, and nobody else was injured.
A large amount of Magen David Adom (MDA), police and IDF forces came to the scene after the event, and the paramedics provided first aid to the attacker before evacuating her to Beilinson Hospital in Petach Tikva in critical condition. The would-be victim of the attack is a combat soldier from the Givati Brigade, and he was present at the bus stop to provide security.
Yossi Dagan, the head of the Samaria Regional Council, came to the scene. He said, "Stabbing, shooting and rock(-throwing) attempts will not stop until the Israeli government understands that terrorism must be handled with a firm hand. The response to an attack like this needs to be limiting the freedom of movement of Arabs on these roads—not because we wish them ill, but because we wish for security and our lives."
“I support our security forces who were quick enough to neutralize a terrorist who attempted to carry out an attack on Giti Junction. Their determination prevented soldiers and civilians from being harmed by the terrorist,” said Ariel Mayor, Eliyahu Shaviro.
This attempted attack comes after a recent escalation in the current wave of terrorism that has seen the murder of Hallel Ariel in her bed and Michael Mark before his wife and two of his children, who were all wounded.
TPS contributed to this report.